Journal article

Haptic Exploratory Procedures of Children and Youth with and without Cerebral Palsy

Susan Taylor, Sonya Girdler, Sara McCutcheon, Belinda McLean, Richard Parsons, Torbjorn Falkmer, Peter Jacoby, Leeanne Carey, Catherine Elliott

Physical & Occupational Therapy In Pediatrics | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2019


Aims: Compare haptic exploratory procedures (EPs) and exploratory movements (EMs) of children. This study also tested the interrater reliability of a novel digital recording method. Methods: Participants were 31 children with typical development (TD) (aged 6 years 1 month to 15 years 9 months; 14 male) and 23 children with spastic unilateral cerebral palsy (CP) (aged 6 years to 15 years 5 months; 13 males; right hemiplegia, n = 12). Results: There were no statistically significant differences between groups for expected EP (p = .15), additional EPs (p = .78), or EMs (p = .69) but there was for mean duration of exploration (p < .001) and accuracy (p < .001). This suggests that although childr..

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Awarded by James S. McDonnell Foundation

Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank all the participants and their families who gave up their time so generously. We would also like to thank Curtin University and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children for their ongoing logistical support and provision of resources throughout this study. This research was completed with financial support from an Australian Postgraduate Award, Curtin Research Scholarship and Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation PhD Top-Up Scholarship. Support from NHMRC project grant (#1022694 to LMC) and the James S. McDonnell Foundation Collaborative Award (#220020413 to LMC) are acknowledged.