Hawaii Early Learning Profile (HELP)

Posted on: March 11, 2015 | By: aschallhorn | Filed under: Hawaii Early Learning Profile, T&M Tools

Descriptive Information Title and date of publication: Hawaii Early Learning Profile (HELP), first published in 1995 Author : Unknown (VORT Corporation) Source: VORT (www.vort.com) Costs (booklets, forms, kit): According to the website, the HELP requires these kits/components for accurate family-centered, curriculum based assessment: Inside HELP($64.95), HELP Strands 0-3 ($3.50) or HELP Strands 0-3 Plus ($3.75), HELP at Home ($89.95) for a total of $158.40 Purpose: HELP is a comprehensive, on-going, family centered curriculum based assessment process for infants and toddlers (ages 0-3) and their families. It is used when creating goals and tailoring developmentally-appropriate interventions to meet the specific needs of children.  Another source for further explanation states HELP is a flexible curriculum-based assessment tools that identify needs, monitor growth and development, and establish a plan to address assessment results. Play-based activities and intervention strategies are utilized to encourage, support, and facilitate a wide variety of developmental skills and address…

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Article Review – The Feasibility and Concurrent Validity of Performing the MABC-2 via Telerehabilitation Technology

Posted on: April 28, 2020 | By: amontenyohl | Filed under: Movement Assessment Battery for Children (Movement-ABC)

Purpose: Kristy Nicola, Jemimah Waugh, Emily Charles, and Trevor Russell examined the feasibility of administering the Movement Assessment Battery for Children-2nd Edition (MABC-2), to local school children between the ages of five and eleven, with both an in person administration as well as a tele-rehabilitation administration and comparing the validity of the two. Study Population: Fifty nine typically developing children, between the ages of five and eleven, who were all enrolled at the same state school were used for this study. Children were excluded from the study if they had a previous diagnosis that would impact their motor capabilities, were born prematurely, or did not require any additional support to complete day to day school activities. Methods: The children participating in this study were administered the MABC-2 twice. Once was in an outdoor area on their school grounds in the presence of a trained pediatric physiotherapist, or physiotherapy student. The…

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Article Review for Segmental Assessment of Trunk Control (SATCo)

Posted on: April 28, 2020 | By: cgarner5 | Filed under: T&M Tools

Title: Is Segmental Trunk Control Related to Gross Motor Performance in Healthy Preterm and Full-Term Infants?   Authors: Ana Luiza Righetto Greco, Natalia Tiemi da Silva Sato, Adrielle Moraes Cazotti, Eloisa Tudella   Citation: Greco ALR, Sato NTDS, Cazotti AM, Tudella E. Is Segmental Trunk Control Related to Gross Motor Performance in Healthy Preterm and Full-Term Infants? Journal of Motor Behavior. 2019:1-10. doi:10.1080/00222895.2019.1673694.   Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine segmental trunk control in 6- and 7-month old full-term and pre-term infants as it relates to gross motor skill performance.   Study population/Methods: 26 pre-term and 26-full term infants between the age of 6 and 7 months participated in the study. Children with co-morbidities, including motor or sensory impairments, were excluded from the study. This study utilized the Segmental Assessment of Trunk Control (SATCo) and the Alberta Infant Motor Skills (AIMS). Each participant underwent administration of the SATCo…

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Article Review for AIMS (2017-Concurrent Validity Between Live and Home Video Observations Using the Alberta Infant Motor Scale.)

Posted on: April 26, 2020 | By: sbenson | Filed under: Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS)

Title: Concurrent Validity Between Live and Home Video Observations Using the Alberta Infant Motor Scale.   Purpose:  The purpose of this study was to compare the validity of an Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS) assessment via video recorded observation versus live, in-person observation.   Study Population: 48 infants and parents were included in this study (ages 1.5 – 19 months). They were recruited to volunteer via a convenience sample at local clinics birth centers. Infants with known or observed abnormal movement patterns were excluded from the study. Parents that were physical therapists were also excluded due to their background and understanding of motor development.   Methods: Prior to Testing: An instructional video and checklist developed by pediatric physical therapists and researches, was provided to parents to inform the parents on how to record a video in which their infant’s motor performance can more easily be assessed by the testers. A…

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Article Review Using the Denver Developmental Screening Test (2nd Edition)

Posted on: April 26, 2020 | By: childebrand2 | Filed under: Denver Developmental Screening Test-2nd ed (DDST-II), T&M Tools

Title: Assessment of the Neuropsychomotor Development in the First Year of Life of Premature Infants with and without Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. Authors: Letycia Vieira Silva, Lúcio Dorges de Araújo, Vivian Mara Gonçalves de Oliveira Azevedo Citation: Silva LV, Araújo LB, Azevedo VM. Assessment of the Neuropsychomotor Development in the First Year of Life of Premature Infants with and without Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. Rev Bras Ter Intensiva. 2018;30(2):174-180. DOI: 10.5935/0103-507X.20180023 Purpose: The purpose of this study was to look at infants that were born premature, weighing less than 3.3 lbs (1,500g) and with or without bronchopulmonary dysplasia to compare the neuropsychomotor development (NPMD) of these infants during their first year of life. Study Population/Methods: Between January 1, 2014 and December 30, 2015, a cross sectional retrospective study was performed in Brazil. Researchers looked in the medical archive of a university hospital in Minas Gerais. During the study period, there were 239 infants born…

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Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COMP) Article Summary

Posted on: February 25, 2019 | By: athomas29 | Filed under: Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COMP)

Purpose To determine the effects of Intrathecal baclofen treatment as it specifically relates to goals of performance and goals of satisfaction of performance that are set by parents or caregivers of patients (children/adolescents) who experience difficulties with various functional mobility tasks (e.g. transfers, positioning, dressing, etc.) due to spasticity and/or dystonia (which are common results of Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, etc.). Study Population Children/Adolescents in one of six pediatric hospitals across Australia who are receiving Intrathecal baclofen therapy. Ages ranging from: 4 years, 1 month to 15 years, 11 months Mean Age: 11 years, 1 month Number of patients with Cerebral Palsy: 19 Number of patients with a genetic condition: 4 Number of patients with a brain injury: 2 Number of patients with spasticity-predominant presentation: 10 Number of patients with dystonia-predominant presentation: 2 Number of patients with combined spasticity and dystonia: 11 Number of patients with…

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Article Summary: Children Born With Congenital Zika Syndrome Display Atypical Gross Motor Development and a Higher Risk for Cerebral Palsy

Posted on: February 24, 2019 | By: rbeck6 | Filed under: Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS)

Citation: Marques FJP, Teixeira MCS, Barra RR, Lima FM, Dias BLS, Pupe C, Nascimento OJM, Leyser M. Children Born With Congenital Zika Syndrome Display Atypical Gross Motor Development and a Higher Risk for Cerebral Palsy. Journal of Child Neurology. 2019; 34(2): 81-85. Doi: 10.1177/0883073818811234   Purpose: The purpose of this study was to look into the potential effects of congenital Zika syndrome on overall motor development and risk of cerebral palsy using the AIMS and the Bayley III Scales alongside neuroimaging and lab testing.   Study Population: This study looked at 39 infants (23 male and 16 female) who had been diagnosed with congenital Zika syndrome. The study began at 6 months old and ended at 18 months. 30 of the initial 69 infants that were recruited were excluded due to various reasons such as irregular follow-up appointments and other conditions that would affect outcomes.   Methods: The authors initially…

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Peabody Developmental Motor Scales 2nd Edition Article Summary

Posted on: February 24, 2019 | By: anunnelee | Filed under: Peabody Developmental Motor Scales-2

Purpose: The article by Zapata et. al. looked at 5-year olds with idiopathic clubfoot that underwent nonoperative management as an infant and reviewed gross motor development using the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales 2nd Edition at a follow-up visit. Study Population: The study had 128 children with idiopathic clubfoot as infants treated nonoperatively. There were 85 males and 43 females with 66 children that had bilateral clubfeet and 62 children with unilateral clubfoot. At the beginning of the study, the Dimeglio scale was used to categorize the severity of the subjects’ clubfoot. Outcome Measures: This article utilized the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales 2nd Edition to review gross motor development. In order to acquire gross motor information, researchers specifically reviewed the stationary, locomotion and object manipulation sections. Methods/Intervention: The children were treated nonoperatively using one of two methods- Ponseti method or French functional physical therapy method. The Ponseti method used long-leg cast…

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Functional Reach Test

Posted on: February 24, 2019 | By: cichoku | Filed under: Functional Reach Test

The following study aimed to investigate how a combined strength and endurance training program for 8 weeks, effected functional performance in individuals with spastic Cerebral Palsy. Functional performance was determined by outcome measures such as the 6-minute walk test, 30 second sit-to-stand, 10-m walk, TUGT and the functional reach test. Researchers found that individuals who performed the 8-week combined exercise program improved in nearly all of the tested parameters. Improvements exceeded the post-test results seen in the control group, who simply continued with their Physical therapy. Researchers specifically wanted to target changes in balance, flexibility, walking ability, endurance, and lower limb strength and predicted that all of the above parameters would be positively influenced. The study was a randomized controlled trial and exclusion criteria included receiving any surgical or chemical treatment for spasticity within 3 months of the study intervention. There was an exercise group and a control group. The…

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Changes in Lower Extremity Strength May be Related to the Walking Speed Improvements in Children with Cerebral Palsy After Gait- article summary

Posted on: February 24, 2019 | By: lchaffin | Filed under: Walk tests

Title: Changes in Lower Extremity Strength May be Related to the Walking Speed Improvements in Children with Cerebral Palsy After Gait. Purpose: Copious amounts of research have demonstrated that gait training can improve the ability of children with spastic cerebral palsy to ambulate. The purpose of this study was to determine if lower extremity strength increases secondary to gait training is the primary physiological cause of said increased ability to ambulate. Determining if lower extremity strength increases is the primary physiological cause would allow clinicians to supplement their gait training program with a focused lower extremity strengthening program when working with children with a diagnosis of spastic cerebral palsy. Population: Children both male and female who have a diagnosis of cerebral palsy (either hemiplegic or diplegic). Ages of participants ranged from 6-17 and were a 2 or 3 on the gross motor function classification system. Methods: The participants were recruited…

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Bruininks Osteretsky Test of Motor Proficiency (BOTMP)

Posted on: February 24, 2019 | By: scourtney4 | Filed under: Bruininks Osteretsky Test of Motor Proficiency (BOTMP), T&M Tools

Zapata KA, Karol LA, Jeans KA, Jo C-H. Gross Motor Function at 10 Years of Age in Children With Clubfoot Following the French Physical Therapy Method and the Ponseti Technique. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2018;38(9). Purpose/Population/Outcome Measures: The purpose of this article was to compare and assess the gross motor skills of 183 individuals with idiopathic clubfoot that had not undergone operative treatment methods following treatment with either the PT method or Ponseti method. In an abridgment, the PT method consists of participating in physical therapy sessions 3-5 times per week for corrective measures, therapeutic exercises, taping and orthotic interventions. The Ponseti method consists of leg casting, possible percutaneous Achilles tenotomy’s (not considered an operative intervention in this article) and orthotic interventions. The Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency, 2nd edition (BOT-2) was utilized to assess gross motor skills and is specific to evaluating children between the ages of 4 and 21…

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