An individualized intermittent intensive physical therapy schedule for a child with spastic quadriparesis.

  • Rahlin M
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Abstract

Current research literature supports the use of intensive physical therapy (PT) for children with cerebral palsy (CP) but lacks consensus on the selection of a specific therapy schedule. The purpose of this case report was to describe the use of an individualized intermittent intensive PT schedule for a child with CP who was otherwise seen following a traditional, two times per week, schedule. The patient was a 4.5-year-old girl with spastic quadriparesis, GMFCS level III. The new schedule was tried over a 3-month period. Each of the 3 months included a 2-week, five times per week intensive therapy phase, followed by a 2-week resting phase. Outcomes were assessed by using the GMFM-66 and by documenting the attainment of functional gross motor skills related to the patient's PT goals. Intervention included TAMO therapy and family instruction. The patient demonstrated a gradual increase in GMFM-66 scores throughout the 9-month period covered by this case report, with the greatest mean change score obtained when the intermittent intensive therapy schedule was used. Acquired skills were retained and even improved during the resting phases. The child's parents expressed their interest in using the new PT schedule in the future.

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  • Mary Rahlin

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