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Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2004;24(1-2):79-107.

Activity-focused motor interventions for children with neurological conditions.

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  • 1Physical Therapy Program, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver 80262, USA.


This article presents a model to guide activity-focused physical therapy and occupational therapy interventions for children with neurological conditions. Activity-focused interventions involve structured practice and repetition of functional actions and are directed toward the learning of motor tasks that will increase independence and participation in daily routines. According to this model, the pediatric therapist: (1) develops activity-related goals in collaboration with the child and the family; (2) plans activity-focused interventions by adapting knowledge of motor learning to the child's individual learning strengths and needs; and (3) integrates impairment-focused intervention with activity-focused intervention.

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