Pediatric Physical Therapy

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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3181beff38
Case Report

A Core Stability Group Program for Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder: 3 Clinical Case Reports

Kane, Kyra BSc, PT; Bell, Ali MSc

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Purpose: This series of case reports documents the response of 3 children with developmental coordination disorder to a group intervention program.

Summary of Key Points: The 3 children, 9–11 years old, who participated in the 6-week group exercise program, illustrate the heterogeneity of this population. Two group sessions per week and a home program included a core stability program, fitness activities, and task-specific intervention based on child-chosen goals. The effect of the program on motor skills, self-perceived adequacy for physical activity and balance, strength, and core stability activities was examined. Each child improved in 1 or more areas of motor skill, self-efficacy for physical activity, and core stability outcome measures. Possible reasons for the range of outcomes are discussed.

Conclusions and Implications for Clinical Practice: Physical activity promotion in this population has the potential to improve the quality of life and reduce health risks associated with sedentary lifestyles.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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