In Step With Pediatric Hypotonia – 2013
Sponsored by an educational grant from SureStep
For a parent, the only thing more frustrating than knowing something isn’t quite right with your young child is hearing that nothing can be done until the underlying cause of the symptoms is identified. Luckily, parents of children with hypotonia can be spared the latter frustration.
As we detail in this special publication, early intervention in children with hypotonia—sometimes as early as in the neonatal intensive care unit—is not only possible but strongly recommended by experts, even in the absence of an underlying diagnosis.
A combination of physical therapy and orthotic management can help toddlers with hypotonia overcome developmental delays in gross motor skills, sometimes to the point of surpassing the development of unaffected children. Clinicians have been seeing these types of positive outcomes in children with hypotonia for years, and now researchers are beginning to quantify and document the results.
But too many pediatric lower extremity practitioners lack a detailed understanding of hypotonia, its effect on gait, and the therapeutic options that are available. This special issue, packed with evidence-based information as well as personal success stories, will go a long way toward bridging that gap.
And that means more children with hypotonia, with or without underlying diagnoses, soon will be cruising, walking, running, and playing right along with their peers.
By Jordana Bieze Foster, Editor
For this family, one tiny extra chromosome led to a journey of self discovery
When our son was born, we prayed for a healthy baby with 10 fingers and 10 toes. Our prayers were answered. Three years later, those same prayers were said for baby number two. And, once again, our prayers were answered.
By Suzi Klimek
Diagnostic challenges should not delay clinical intervention
Hypotonia, or abnormally low muscle tone, is by itself not a disorder but a symptom of an enormous array of issues—many of which can be difficult to diagnose accurately. Even in the absence of a specific underlying diagnosis, however, children with hypotonia can benefit from clinical intervention.
By Christina Hall Nettles
Quantifying the effects of hypotonia starts in the clinic
Effective management of children with hypotonia requires an understanding of how the condition affects gait. Clinicians typically rely on their professional experience when discussing the effects of hypotonia on gait in pediatric patients, partly because they trust that experience, but also because so little research has actually elucidated these effects.
By Cary Groner
New research underscores years of positive clinical results
When it comes to orthotic management of pediatric patients with hypotonia, the medical literature is only beginning to document the effectiveness that clinicians have been reporting anecdotally for years.
By Cary Groner
Each child in this case series was assessed every other week for 16 weeks to determine mastery of items 23, 26-28, 30-39, and 41 (ranging from “pull to stand” to “walk fast”) on the Peabody Developmental Motor Scale. Test instructions were modified as needed for children to understand them. Parents were included in each session and encouraged to play with the child in order to demonstrate the targeted skills. Graphs ...
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