Somatosensory discrimination intervention improves body position sense and motor performance in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy

Belinda McLean, Susan Taylor, Eve Blair, Jane Valentine, Leeanne Carey, Catherine Elliott

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This study examined the use of the adult neuroscience-based Sense© intervention with children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (HCP) to improve upper-limb somatosensory discrimination, motor function, and goal performance. METHOD: Seventeen children with HCP (9 boys, 8 girls; mean age = 10.2 yr) participated in this pilot matched-pairs trial with random allocation and 6-mo follow-up (intervention, n = 7; control, n = 10). The intervention group received Sense training 3×/wk for 6 wk (18 hr). Outcome measures included Goal Attainment Scaling, Sense-assess© Kids, and the Assisting Hand Assessment. RESULTS: The intervention group improved in goal performance, proprioception, and bimanual hand use and maintained improvement at 6-mo follow-up. The control group improved in occupational performance by 6-mo follow-up. CONCLUSION: This study established the feasibility of using the Sense intervention in a pediatric setting and adds preliminary evidence to suggest that improving somatosensory function can improve motor function and goal performance among children with HCP.

Original languageEnglish
Article number024968
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume71
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017

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