Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
First Committee Member
Merrill Landers, chair
Second Committee Member
Number of Pages
While cerebral palsy remains one of the most common childhood disabilities, clinicians continue to face significant challenges developing effective treatment strategies for the widely variable presentation of motor function impairments associated with cerebral palsy. A large gap exists between current research based evidence and feasible clinical practice. The purpose of this paper is to introduce a novel intervention protocol, explore the theoretical framework behind the protocol and provide insight to clinicians about the successes and challenges faced while pilot testing the intervention. The novel intervention was adapted and implemented by researchers combining a large amplitude movement protocol with the well-researched concepts of task specific, goal oriented and high intensity practice. A previous feasibility study conducted on the large amplitude movement protocol showed subjects demonstrating improvements in multiple gait characteristics and mobility. While data were collected during this study, it will be reported separately to allow this paper to focus on the theoretical framework of the intervention and the clinical implications of the intervention. The discussion of the successes and challenges faced by researchers during the implementation of the protocol give guidance for clinical adaptation of the protocol as well as direction for future studies.
Pediatrics | Physical Therapy
Goodwill, Tania; Jarrett, Erin; Shah, Beren; and Stockford, Alanna, "Conceptual Framework of a Novel Intervention to Improve Mobility in Children with Cerebral Palsy: The Successes and Challenges of Implementing a Large Amplitude Movement Protocol" (2014). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 2457.