Journal article

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

Abstract

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..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Postgraduate Scholarship


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Funding Acknowledgements

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.