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- Safety in road crossing of children with cerebral palsy
- Vrije Univ Amsterdam
- Manchester Metropolitan Univ
- Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
- Aim: Children with cerebral palsy (CP) are regularly confronted with physical constraints during locomotion. Because abnormalities in motor control are often related to perceptual deficits, the aim of this study was to find out whether children with CP were able to walk across a road as safely as their non-handicapped peers. Method: Ten children with CP and 10 non-handicapped children aged 4-14 y were asked to cross a simulated road if they felt the situation was safe. Results: With respect to safety and accuracy of crossings, the behaviour of children with CP was comparable with that of non-handicapped children. However, a closer examination of children's individual crossing behaviour showed considerable differences within the CP group. In contrast to children with damage to the left hemisphere, children with damage to the right hemisphere made unsafe decisions and did not compensate for them by increasing walking speed.Conclusion: the differences in unsafe behaviour and in the ability to compensate for it within the group of children with CP might be related to damage to specific regions of the brain that are involved in the processing of spatial or temporal information.
- Acta Paediatrica. Oslo: Taylor & Francis As, v. 92, n. 10, p. 1197-1204, 2003.
- Taylor & Francis As
- adaptive walking behaviour
- right hemisphere lesions
- road-crossing judgements
- Acesso restrito
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