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OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of task context on the quality of reaching movements in children with spastic hemiparesis. DESIGN Randomized controlled experimental trial. SETTING Institute for the Study of Education and Human Development (ISED). SUBJECTS Twelve children (8-14 years of age) with spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy. INTERVENTIONS(More)
The stability of single and bimanual (i.e., in-phase and antiphase) rhythmic finger movements was studied in 24 children with a developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and 24 matched controls from a dynamic pattern perspective. Stability was assessed by applying perturbations and measuring the time the system needed to return to its initial stability(More)
The present study examined the effect of interlimb coupling on the performance of the impaired and unimpaired arm in children with spastic hemiparesis during bimanual circle drawing. The following questions were addressed: (1) does coupling positively influence the performance of the impaired arm compared to single-hand performance and (2) is such an effect(More)
This study, following a dynamic pattern approach, examines age-related differences in the stability of unimanual rhythmic perception-action patterns. Thirty-six children, aged 7, 9, and 11 years, attempted to synchronize their finger tapping to the beats of an auditory metronome, either "on the beat" (i.e., in-phase coordination), or "off the beat" (i.e.,(More)
The impact of epilepsy surgery on motor performance, activities of daily life (ADL) and caregiver assistance was assessed in 37 children (age range 0.1-15.4 years) with pharmacologically untreatable epilepsy, 17 of whom were also diagnosed as having spasticity of cerebral origin. All patients underwent epilepsy surgery between 1996 and 2001 at the(More)
BACKGROUND Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) have difficulties producing stable rhythmic bimanual coordination patterns in comparison with age-related peers. Rhythmic coordination of non-homologous limbs (e.g. hand and foot) is even more difficult to perform because of mechanical differences between the limbs. The aim of the present(More)
OBJECTIVE This study investigated the contribution of perceptual-motor dysfunction and cognitive planning problems to the quality or speed of handwriting in children with handwriting problems (HWP). METHOD Twenty-nine children with HWP and 20 classroom peers attending regular schools (grade 2 and grade 3) were tested with regard to visual perception,(More)
BACKGROUND Parents of children with cerebral palsy (CP) often experience high levels of stress. Little is known however on the different sources of stress parents experience. The purpose of the present study was to explore the relation between aspects of parental distress in the parenting role and the child's limitations in functional skills and the child's(More)
The effect of amplitude incongruence (small circles-large circles) and form incongruence (circles-lines) on the performance of the affected and non-affected arm was examined in 12 children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy in bimanual rhythmic drawing tasks. Amplitude and form incongruence are assumed to be associated with aspects of movement execution and(More)
PURPOSE To examine the contribution of motor ability and 'performance' mental ability on functional skills in children with Down syndrome (DS). METHOD A structural equation modelling approach was used to test the relation between motor ability, performance mental ability and functional status. Functional status was assessed with the Pediatric Evaluation(More)