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Dev Neurorehabil. 2012;15(2):160-9. doi: 10.3109/17518423.2011.635608. Epub 2012 Feb 1.

Short- and long-term effects of synchronized metronome training in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy: a two case study.

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Department of Psychology, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden. anna-maria.johansson@psy.umu.se

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Children with cerebral palsy (CP) require individualized long-term management to maintain and improve motor functions. The objective of this study was to explore potential effects of synchronized metronome training (SMT) on movement kinematics in two children diagnosed with spastic hemiplegic CP (HCP).

METHOD:

Both children underwent 4-weeks/12 sessions of SMT by means of the Interactive Metronome (IM). Optoelectronic registrations of goal-directed uni- and bimanual upper-limb movements were made at three occasions; pre-training, post completed training and at 6-months post completed training.

RESULTS:

Significant changes in kinematic outcomes following IM training were found for both cases. Findings included smoother and shorter movement trajectories in the bimanual condition, especially for the affected side. In the unimanual condition, Case I also showed increased smoothness of the non-affected side.

CONCLUSIONS:

The observed short- and long-term effects on the spatio-temporal organization of upper-limb movements need to be corroborated and extended by further case-control studies.

PMID:
22296344
DOI:
10.3109/17518423.2011.635608
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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