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Appl Neuropsychol Child. 2018 Jul-Sep;7(3):268-276. doi: 10.1080/21622965.2017.1312402. Epub 2017 Apr 18.

Relationship of cognitive functions and gross motor abilities in children with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy.

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a Department of Physical Therapy for pediatric, Faculty of Physical Therapy , Cairo University , Cairo , Egypt.


Spastic diplegic cerebral palsy can be accompanied by a myriad of symptoms affecting other body systems including cognitive dysfunction. The purpose of this study was to determine whether a relationship exists between cognitive functions in the form of selective attention and figural memory domains with standing and walking motor abilities in children with diplegic cerebral palsy. The research design was a correlational study. Tasks assessing cognitive function and gross motor abilities were carried out with a sample of 50 children. The data demonstrated the presence of correlation between selective attention and figural memory domains of cognitive function with standing, walking running, and jumping subscales of the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM) scale at different ages, and this correlation was significant between selective attention domain and gross motor abilities. The outcome measurements of the current study provide original evidence based on the necessity of including cognitive and physical impairments in the examination and evaluation of children with diplegic cerebral palsy in research and clinical settings.


Cerebral palsy; cognition; diplegia; figural memory; gross motor function; selective attention

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