Head Control Changes After Headpod Use in Children With Poor Head Control: A Feasibility Study

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To determine the feasibility of Headpod use to improve head control in children with cerebral palsy classified as Gross Motor Function Classification System level V.


Children (3-11 years) with poor head control were video recorded before and after 3 and 6 months of Headpod use. Head control without Headpod was measured by active time children could hold head upright and number of head bobs in 5 minutes.


Fourteen children enrolled with 43% attrition rate. While average active time increased, average head bobs decreased and there were significant improvements in active time, but not head bobs. Active times were higher at 6 months compared with 3 months and baseline. Surveyed parents reported that the changes were apparent, supporting the large quantitative treatment effect.


Six months of Headpod use, 45 minutes per day, appears to be feasible, has a large effect on active head control, and merits a larger randomized controlled trial.

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