Feasibility of a home-based mirror therapy program in children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy
Children with Unilateral Spastic Cerebral Palsy (US CP) have motor and somatosensory impairments that affect one side of their body, impacting upper limb functioning. These impairments contribute negatively to children’s bimanual performance and quality of life. Intensive home-based therapies have been developed and have demonstrated their feasibility for children with US CP and their parents, especially when therapies are designed with the proper coaching of families. Mirror Therapy (MT) is being studied to become an approachable intensive and home-based therapy suitable for children with US CP. The aim of this study is to analyze the feasibility of a five-week home-based program of MT for children with US CP that includes coaching by the therapist. Six children aged 8–12 years old performed the therapy for five days per week, 30 min per day. A minimum of 80% of compliance was required. The feasibility included compliance evaluations, total dosage, perceived difficulty of the exercises, and losses of follow-ups. All children completed the therapy and were included in the analysis. The total accomplishment was 86.47 ± 7.67. The perceived difficulty of the exercises ranged from 2.37 to 4.51 out of 10. In conclusion, a home-based program of Mirror Therapy is a safe, cost-efficient, and feasible therapy for children with US CP when the therapist is involved as a coach during the entire program.
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Paràlisi cerebral espàstica unilateral
Teràpia a domicili
Parálisis cerebral espástica unilateral
Terapia de espejo
Terapia en el hogar
Unilateral spastic cerebral palsy
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Ortega I Martínez, Anna; Palomo Carrión, Rocio; Varela-Ferro, Carlos [et al.]. Feasibility of a home-based mirror therapy program in children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy. Healthcare, 2023, 11(12), 1797. Disponible en: <https://www.mdpi.com/2227-9032/11/12/1797>. Fecha de acceso: 21 jun. 2023. DOI: 10.3390/healthcare11121797
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