Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Benefits of the WiiFit on Motor Performance in Children with Cerebral Palsy

WiiFit, Motor Performance and Cerebral PalsyThe Journal of Physical Therapy Science published research on the effect of training with Nintendo Wii Fit games on motor performance in 40 children with spastic cerebral palsy (6-10 years old and GMFCS Level III).  Participants were divided randomly into equal groups: experimental group that practiced with the Nintendo Wii Fit game for at least 20 minutes/day for 12 weeks and the control group that underwent no training. The Movement Assessment Battery for Children-2 (mABC-2) was used to assess motor performance.
The results indicated the following:
1.  significant improvements in the subscales of the motor performance test of those who practiced with the Nintendo Wii, while the control group showed no significant changes.
The researchers concluded that using motion interactive games in home rehabilitation is feasible for children with cerebral palsy.
Reference: AlSaif AA, Alsenany S.. Effects of interactive games on motor performance in children with spastic cerebral palsy.  J Phys Ther Sci. 2015 Jun;27(6):2001-3. doi: 10.1589/jpts.27.2001. Epub 2015 Jun 30.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bilateral Hand Transplant on an Amazing 8 Year Old Boy

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has completed the first bilateral hand transplant on a truly STRONG, well spoken eight year old boy.  Wait until you watch the end just two weeks after surgery.  It is so amazing.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

All About Staying Calm Glyph to Help Determine Sensory Preferences

All About Me Glyph Freebie Picture from http://www.yourtherapysource.com/glyphsmefreebie.html
A glyph is a symbol or code that conveys information nonverbally. The student follows the directions to color and draw a visual representation of the his/her information. Students can then analyze the completed glyphs and compare everyone’s information/preferences. A glyph is a nice alternative to written responses.
Here is a freebie from the All About Me Glyphs packet on All About Staying Calm.  You can download it at http://www.yourtherapysource.com/glyphsmefreebie.html
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Predicting Walking in Young Children with Cerebral Palsy

Independent Walking and CP from www.YourTherapySource.com/blog1Physical Therapy published research on 80 children with cerebral palsy (ages 2-6 years old, GMFCS Levels II-III) to examine what skills help to determine independent walking to help guide physical therapy decision-making.  One year prior to walking postural control, reciprocal lower limb movement, functional strength, and motivation were measured.  Family support to child and support to the child’s family was measured seven months after study onset.
The results indicated the following:
1.  a measure of functional strength and dynamic postural control in a sit to stand activity was the only significant predictor of taking ≥ 3 steps independently. The model correctly identified a Walker or Non-walker 75% of the time.
The researchers concluded that sitting to/from standing predicted independent walking in young children with cerebral palsy. They recommend prospective longitudinal studies to determine indicators of readiness for independent walking.
Reference:  Begnoche DM et al.  Predictors of Independent Walking in Young Children With Cerebral Palsy. Phys Ther. 2015 Jun 18. [Epub ahead of print]
Author: Sieglinde Martin M.S., P.T.

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Most Certain Way to Succeed it to Always Try One More Time - T Edison

Succeed and Try One More Time from http://yourtherapysource.com/postertry.htmlDuring pediatric therapy sessions children are frequently encouraged to try just one more time. Here is an inspirational poster to remind us that the path to success requires many trials and even errors but never give up!
To find out more about the full color, high quality 11″x17″ poster go to http://yourtherapysource.com/postertry.html.  To see the other motivational posters go to http://yourtherapysource.com/motivational.html.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Do What You Love Everyday With the Help of OT

Do What You Love Every Day from http://yourtherapysource.com/posterOT1.htmlThis poster is a great inspirational quote for an OT room.  Occupational therapy can help you to continue to enjoy and do whatever it that you love everyday through adaptations, modifications, practice and education.
Find out more information on this high quality, full color 11″x17″ poster at http://yourtherapysource.com/posterOT1.html or check out the other inspirational posters here.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Active Learning

Involve me and I learn from  http://yourtherapysource.com/posterinvolveme.htmlThis happens to be one of my favorite inspirational quotes to remind teachers and therapists that when children are completely involved in their education whether it be academics or sensory motor skills, they are more successful and motivated to learn.  Active learning is more successful than passive learning.  Hang up this poster to remind you to not just teach the children but involve the children.
You can find out more at  http://yourtherapysource.com/posterinvolveme.html to purchase the high quality, full color 11″x17″ poster for only $5 or check out the other posters in the series.
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