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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e318218ef58
Research Article

The Effect of Suit Wear During an Intensive Therapy Program in Children With Cerebral Palsy

Bailes, Amy F. PT, MS, PCS; Greve, Kelly MPT, PCS; Burch, Carol K. PT, MEd, DPT; Reder, Rebecca OTD, OTR/L; Lin, Li MS; Huth, Myra M. PhD, RN, FAAN

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Abstract

Purpose: To examine the effects of suit wear during an intensive therapy program on motor function among children with cerebral palsy.

Method: Twenty children were randomized to an experimental (TheraSuit) or a control (control suit) group and participated in an intensive therapy program. The Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI) and Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM)–66 were administered before and after (4 and 9 weeks). Parent satisfaction was also assessed.

Results: No significant differences were found between groups. Significant within-group differences were found for the control group on the GMFM-66 and for the experimental group on the GMFM-66, PEDI Functional Skills Self-care, PEDI Caregiver Assistance Self-care, and PEDI Functional Skills Mobility. No adverse events were reported.

Conclusions: Children wearing the TheraSuit during an intensive therapy program did not demonstrate improved motor function compared with those wearing a control suit during the same program.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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