Ben-Pazi, H, Aran, A, Pandyan, A, Gelkop, N, Ginsberg, G, Pollak, Y and Elnatan, D (2018) Auditory stimulation improves motor function and caretaker burden in children with cerebral palsy-A randomized double blind study. PLoS ONE, 13. ISSN 1932-6203

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Aim To investigate the impact of auditory stimulation on motor function in children with cerebral palsy (CP) and disabling hypertonia. Method 9 matched pairs (age: 7y5m, SD 4y1m; 13 boys; gross-motor-functional-classification-scale: median 4; manual-ability-classification-system: median 4) were randomized to receive either auditory stimulation embedded in music (study, n = 9) or music alone (sham, control, n = 9) for at least 10 minutes 4 times a week for 4 weeks. Goal-Attainment-Scale, Care-and-Comfort-Hypertonicity-Questionnaire, Gross-Motor-Function-Measure and Quality-of-Upper-Extremity-Skills-Test (QUEST) were assessed before and 5 months following intervention. Result Children receiving auditory stimulation attained more goals than children who listened to music alone (p = 0.002). Parents reported improved care and comfort in children in the study group compared to a slight deterioration in controls (p = 0.002). Upper extremity skills improved in the study group compared to controls (p = 0.006). Similar gross motor function changes were documented in both groups (p = 0.41). One participant reported increased seizure frequency; no other participants with epilepsy reported increased seizure frequency (n =6/18) and no other adverse events were reported. Interpretation Auditory stimulation alleviated hypertonia and improved fine and gross motor functions.

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Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC346 Neurology. Diseases of the nervous system, including speech disorders
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2019 14:12
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2019 14:21

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