Oromotor dysfunction in minimally verbal children with cerebral palsy: characteristics and associated factors
Cristina Mei, Madeleine Hodgson, Sheena Reilly, Bethany Fern, Dinah Reddihough, Fiona Mensah, Lindsay Pennington, Annabel Losche, Angela Morgan
DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020
AIM: To explore the characteristics and associated factors of oromotor dysfunction in minimally verbal children with cerebral palsy (CP) aged five to six years, recruited from a population-based registry. Methods: Twenty children with CP who were minimally verbal completed a standardised, observational oromotor assessment. Linear regression analyses examined the relationship between oromotor dysfunction and potential associated factors (e.g., fine and gross motor function, communication, and feeding). Results: Oromotor dysfunction affected every participant and was identified in all structures examined (i.e., face, jaw, lips, and tongue). Oromotor movements showed little dissociation among j..View full abstract
Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Postgraduate Scholarship
Awarded by NHMRC
This project was funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Postgraduate Scholarship [#607448] and a Speech Pathology Australia Nadia Verrall Research Grant awarded to CM. The following authors were funded by the NHMRC: AM [Career Development Fellowship #607314; Practitioner Fellowship #1105008]; SR [Practitioner Fellowship #491210; #1041892]; and FM [Early Career Fellowship #1037449; Career Development Fellowship #1111160]. Support was also received from the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.