Gross Motor Outcomes After Dynamic Weight-Bearing in 2 Children With Trunk Hypotonia: A Case Series

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Abstract

Introduction:

Children with trunk hypotonia may have limited ability to maintain an upright weight-bearing position, resulting in decreased postural control and a delay in achieving gross motor milestones.

Purpose:

The purpose of this case series is to report the effect of a home-based dynamic standing program on postural control and gross motor activity in 2 children with trunk hypotonia.

Descriptions:

Child 1 (aged 24 months, Gross Motor Function Classification Scale Level IV) and Child 2 (aged 21 months, Gross Motor Function Classification Scale Level V) participated in a standing program using the Upsee harness at home 3 days per week for 12 weeks.

Outcomes:

Both children improved their gross motor function, and Child 1 demonstrated improved trunk control in sitting.

What this case adds:

The use of the Upsee harness was an effective intervention for these children with trunk hypotonia to achieve weight-bearing and improve gross motor abilities.

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