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An easy to use guide to some quick and simple measures. Several tests are presented. Users would need to decide which should be applied when.

Quick Gross Motor Measures for children with Cerebral Palsy

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An easy to use guide to some quick and simple measures. Several tests are presented. Users would need to decide which should be applied when.

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Synopsis of resource:

This resource provides a description of some brief tests of motor function validated for children with cerebral palsy including: walking tests, stair and step tests and the timed up and go test. This includes the source and authors of the tests; administration procedures and scoring criteria. In addition, the administration and scoring instructions are provided in a format to be easily printed and laminated.

Key learning outcomes

For a variety of functional gross motor assessments validated for children with cerebral palsy, be able to:

  • Administer the tests
  • Accurately score the tests

Authors

Virginia Knox is a Paediatric Physiotherapist with over 30 years’ experience working with children with cerebral palsy, in the UK National Health Service, a specialist cerebral palsy charity and now leads a community paediatric team. Research interests include standardised outcome measurement and determining efficacy of therapy, publishing in many peer reviewed journals.  Virginia has Masters’ degrees in Clinical Neuroscience and Research, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and is a paediatric Bobath tutor. She trains therapists in using outcome measures and assessment and treatment of children with cerebral palsy, throughout the UK and internationally, including several developing countries.

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