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Functional Skills among Preschool Children with Cerebral Palsy - Assessment before and after Early Intervention.

Authors
  • Sørensen, Kristian1
  • Vestrheim, Ida E1
  • Lerdal, Bjørn1
  • Skranes, Jon2, 3
  • 1 Sørlandet Hospital HF , Kristiansand, Norway. , (Norway)
  • 2 Sørlandet Hospital HF , Arendal, Norway. , (Norway)
  • 3 Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) , Trondheim, Norway. , (Norway)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Developmental neurorehabilitation
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2020
Volume
23
Issue
8
Pages
519–525
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/17518423.2019.1698069
PMID: 31779501
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Objective: To assess and evaluate the change in functional skills among children with cerebral palsy (CP) who participated in an intensified habilitation program. Methods: In this prospective longitudinal study, a cohort of 39 preschool children (2-5 years) with cerebral palsy (Gross Motor Function Classification System levels I-V) together with their parents participated in an intensified multidimensional habilitation program for 1 year. Activities strengthening functional skills were among the main interventions. The children were evaluated with the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory before and after the program period. Results: Only children at GMFCS levels I-II showed improvements in mobility and social function on norm-referenced scales. After the intervention period, these children scored similar to the mean for typically developing children of the same age on the social function domain. Conclusions: Functional skills among preschool children with CP, GMFCS levels I-II, seems strengthened after participation in an intensified habilitation program.

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