Background and Purpose:
This case report investigated the benefits of a 12-week physical therapy program for a child with ataxia-telangiectasia (AT).
A 9-year-old girl with a diagnosis of AT participated. The physical therapy program consisted of balance and strength exercise and Wii Fit Balance-based video games training with a pediatric physical therapist for 12 weeks.
The motor performance, Gross Motor Function Measurement (GMFM), Pediatric Berg Balance Scale (PBBS), Trunk Control Measurement Scale (TCMS), participation as measured by the Life Habits Questionnaire (LIFE-H), and the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL).
Positive changes were observed in the TCMS, PBBS, GMFM, and motor performance, participation, and quality of life.
Notable improvements were observed in both body structure and function, and activities and participation level.
What This Adds to Evidence:
This case report is the first to support the effectiveness of physical therapy in a child with AT.