Children with Cerebral Palsy

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Various Treatments for Children with Cerebral Palsy
Grand Canyon University: NRS-433V Introduction to Nursing Research
Dr. Diana Naser

Various Treatments for Children with Cerebral Palsy
First Quantitative Study
Honkavaara, M., Rintala, P., (2010), The influence of short term, intensive hippotherapy on gait in children with cerebral palsy. European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity, 3(2), 29- 36. Retrieved from: 0d8e-4cc4-97c5-ec0c3cbd1e4a%40sessionmgr115&vid=32&hid=104

Abstract The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of short term hippotherapy on functional gait changes in children with cerebral palsy (CP). Participants were two boys (ages 12 and 13) with spastic diplegia and a girl (14 yrs) with athetoid CP. Single-subject (ABA) design was used to determine quantitative changes in functional gait parameters (velocity, stride length, and cadence) following three weeks of hippotherapy. The two boys demonstrated improvement in stride length and gait velocity without sustained improvement in cadence. There was increase in stride length and cadence, but most noticeable improvements in velocity for the girl. The results indicated that it is possible that short-term hippotherapy may improve functional gait in children with cerebral palsy

Second Quantitative Study
Galli, M., Cimolin, V., Valente, E., Crivellini, M., Ialongo, T., Albertini, G. (2006). Computerized gait analysis of Botulinum Toxin treatment in children. Disability and Rehabilitation, 29(8): 659 – 664. Retrieved from:

Purpose. Intramuscular botulinum toxin A (BTA) injection is a local reversible treatment with a wide range of…...

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