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Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2004;24(1-2):5-55.

Postural control in children: implications for pediatric practice.

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Drexel University, Programs in Rehabilitation Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, USA.


Based on a systems theory of motor control, reactive postural control (RPA) and anticipatory postural control (APA) in children are reviewed from several perspectives in order to develop an evidence-based intervention strategy for improving postural control in children with limitations in motor function. Research on development of postural control, postural control in children with specific motor disabilities, and interventions to improve postural control is analyzed. A strategy for intervention to improve postural control systems at the impairment and functional activity levels based on a systems theoretical perspective is presented. Suggestions for research to improve evidence for best practice are provided.

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