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Dynamic systems theory and management of children with cerebral palsy: Unresolved issues

Darrab Johanna MScPT; Battlett, Doreen MScPT
Infants & Young Children: July 1995
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Dynamic systems theory (DST) provides a theoretical framework for the management of children with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. We examine three tenets of DST—self-organization of movement, transition, and rate-limiting factors—and discuss issues emerging from these principles that must be considered before DST can be applied to clinical practice. We identify areas of future research needed to evaluate the assumptions arising from DST. DST offers therapists an opportunity to generate innovative intervention strategies, but we caution that these strategies should not be implemented without evidence of efficacy.

©1995Aspen Publishers, Inc.