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Pediatr Phys Ther. 2007 Winter;19(4):275-82.

The effect of aquatic therapy on functional mobility of infants and toddlers in early intervention.

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Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA. bmcmanus@hsph.harvard.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of aquatic therapy (AT) as an adjunct to home-based early intervention (EI) on differences in children's functional mobility.

METHODS:

Thirty-seven children of ages six to 30 months (x = 24.2; SD = 8.5) with delayed functional mobility participated in this study. The AT group (n = 15) received weekly AT in a community pool in addition to home-based EI with a physical therapist (PT) or occupational therapist (OT). A randomly selected comparison group (n = 22) received home-based EI with a PT or OT. Baseline and postintervention scores on the Gross Motor Subsection of the Mullen Scales of Early Learning were compared between the AT and comparison group.

RESULTS:

The AT group demonstrated significantly greater (p < 0.05) gains in functional mobility than the comparison group.

CONCLUSION:

AT is a useful adjunct to EI to improve children's functional mobility.

PMID:
18004194
DOI:
10.1097/PEP.0b013e3181575190
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