Intervention for an Adolescent with Cerebral Palsy during Period of Accelerated Growth

Rebecca Reubens, Debbie J. Silkwood-Sherer

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Purpose: The purpose of this case report was to describe changes in body functions and structures, activities, and participation after a biweekly 10-week program of home physical therapy and hippotherapy using a weighted compressor belt. Participant: A 13-year-old boy with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, Gross Motor Function Classification System level II, was referred because of accelerated growth and functional impairments that limited daily activities. Outcome Measures: The Modified Ashworth Scale, passive range of motion, 1-Minute Walk Test, Timed Up and Down Stairs, Pediatric Balance Scale, Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory Computer Adaptive Test, and Dimensions of Mastery Questionnaire 17 were examined at baseline, 5, and 10 weeks. Outcomes: Data at 5 and 10 weeks demonstrated positive changes in passive range of motion, balance, strength, functional activities, and motivation, with additional improvements in endurance and speed after 10 weeks. Clinical Implications: This report reveals enhanced body functions and structures and activities and improved participation and motivation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-125
Number of pages9
JournalPediatric Physical Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2016


  • activities of daily living
  • adolescent
  • ambulation
  • case report
  • cerebral palsy
  • growth/adverse effects
  • hippotherapy
  • human
  • male
  • motivation
  • muscle strength
  • outcomes
  • physical therapy/methods
  • postural balance
  • spasticity


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