Critical Appraisals - Paediatric Care

Clinical Scenario

How does social engagement of children with sensory integration issues improve participation?

Bruras, KR, Aukland, SM, Markestad, T, Sera, F, Dezateux, C & Rosendahl, K 2011, ‘Newborns With Sonographically Dysplastic and Potentially Unstable Hips: 6-Year Follow up’, Pediatrics, vol. 127, no. 3, pp 661-666.

In children aged 0 – 8 years, what is the effect of physiotherapy intervention on developmental outcomes?

Cosbey, J, Johnston, S & Dunn, M 2010, ‘Sensory processing disorders and social participation’, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, vol. 64, pp. 462-473.

In children, what is the impact of physical activity on attention, arousal and mood?

Katz, D, Cushman, D, Reynolds, J et al. 2010, ‘Putting Physical Activity Where It Fits in the School Day: Preliminary Results of the ABC (Activity Bursts in the Classroom) for Fitness Program, Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research’, Practice And Policy, vol. 7, no. 4.

What interventions (esp. shoe based) are effective for children who toe-walk?

Clark, E, Sweeney, J, Yocum, A & McCoy, S 2010, ‘Effects of Motor Control Intervention for Children With Idiopathic Toe Walking: A 5-Case Series’, Pediatric Physical Therapy, vol. 22, pp. 417-426.

In children (0-4years) with autism, what has shown to be the most effective treatment approach (Hanen More Than Words, Greenspan’s DIR/Floortime Training, PECS or Applied Behaviour Analysis) in stimulating expressive language and communication development?

Carter, A, Messinger, D, Stone, W, Celimli, S, Nahmias, A & Yoder, P 2011, ‘A randomized controlled trial of Hanen’s ‘More Than Words’ in toddlers with early autism symptoms’, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, vol. 52, no. 7, pp. 741-752.

In school age children, can physical activity improve learning outcomes?

Fedewa, A & Ahn, S 2011, ‘The Effects of Physical Activity and Physical Fitness on Children’s Achievement and Cognitive Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis’, Research Quarterly for Exercise & Sport, vol. 82, no. 3, pp. 521-35.

In infants (infants when apply intervention but children up to school age for follow up) does physiotherapy using early intervention with focus on motor skills improve cognitive development, language development, spatial development?

Schwarzer, G, Freitag, C, Buckel, R & Lofruthe, A 2013, ‘Crawling is Associated with Mental Rotation Ability by 9-Month-Old Infants’, Infancy, vol. 18; no. 3, pp. 432–441.

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