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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3181cbf224
Case Report

Changes in Two Children with Cerebral Palsy After Intensive Suit Therapy: A Case Report

Bailes, Amy F. PT, MS, PCS; Greve, Kelly MPT, PCS; Schmitt, Laura C. MPT, PhD

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this case report was to investigate effects of intensive suit therapy on gait, functional skills, caregiver assistance, and gross motor ability in children with cerebral palsy.

Case Description: Two children with spastic diplegia classified at level III on the Gross Motor Function Classification System participated. Outcomes were assessed using dimensions D and E of the Gross Motor Function Measure, the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory, and instrumented gait analysis.

Intervention: Each child participated in the Therasuit Method, 4 hours a day, 5 days a week for 3 weeks.

Outcomes: Very small improvements in function were noted in dimension D of the Gross Motor Function Measure and Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory Self-care Domain with decreased function in other areas. Improved walking speed, cadence, symmetry, joint motion, and posture were found with gait analysis.

Conclusion: Further investigation is needed of the suit itself, and intensive therapy programs in children with cerebral palsy.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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