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Benefits of Aquatic Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy - www.YourTherapySource.comJournal of Child Neurology published a research study on the effects of pediatric aquatic therapy on motor function, enjoyment, activities of daily living, and health-related quality of life for 11 children in the experimental group with spastic cerebral palsy of different motor abilities.

The results indicated the following:
1. the pediatric aquatic therapy group had greater average 66-item Gross Motor Function Measure following intervention than the control group including children with Gross Motor Function Classification System level IV
2. the pediatric aquatic therapy group had higher Physical Activity Enjoyment Scale scores than the control group at post-treatment.

The researchers concluded that pediatric aquatic therapy can be an effective and alternative therapy for children with cerebral palsy even with poor Gross Motor Function Classification System level.

Reference: Lai, C et al. Pediatric Aquatic Therapy on Motor Function and Enjoyment in Children Diagnosed With Cerebral Palsy of Various Motor Severities Published online before print June 5, 2014, doi: 10.1177/0883073814535491 J Child Neurol February 2015 vol. 30 no. 2 200-208

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