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Research Article  |   July 1984
A Review of Therapeutic Intervention Research on Gross and Fine Motor Progress in Young Children with Cerebral Palsy
Author Affiliations
  • Howard P. Parette, Jr., EdD, and Jack J. Hourcade, PhD, are Assistant Professors of Special Education, Area of Behavioral Sciences, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana 71272
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Neurologic Conditions / Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Features
Research Article   |   July 1984
A Review of Therapeutic Intervention Research on Gross and Fine Motor Progress in Young Children with Cerebral Palsy
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 1984, Vol. 38, 462-468. doi:10.5014/ajot.38.7.462
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 1984, Vol. 38, 462-468. doi:10.5014/ajot.38.7.462
Abstract

Recently, perhaps due to increased societal demands for accountability, early intervention programming for handicapped infants and young children has been questioned. Therapeutic intervention provided through occupational and/or physical therapy has been increasingly implemented in habilitation settings for children diagnosed as having cerebral palsy, although research justifying this increase is inconclusive. This review presents a comprehensive evaluation of 18 studies that evaluated early occupational and/or physical therapy intervention for children with cerebral palsy. An analysis of these studies revealed that as research paradigms become more rigorous, support for therapeutic intervention effectiveness decreases. This finding was explained in light of the currently inadequate levels of technology relating to instrumentation and the manipulation of the many variables that have been suggested to affect therapeutic intervention effectiveness.