Effects of a conductive education course in young children with cerebral palsy: A randomized controlled trial
Aim: To evaluate the effects of a conductive education (CE) course followed by conventional practice, on gross motor function, other functional skills, quality of life and parents’ experiences of family-centred services in young children with cerebral palsy (CP). Methods: Twenty-one children with CP, 3-6 years old, were randomised to one three-week CE course followed by conventional practice or conventional practice on a waiting list. Outcomes were measured four months after baseline. A web-based log collected data on the conventional practice. Results: No additional improvements in the children’s outcome were found. However, parents in the CE group reported that they received more information than parents in the waiting list group (p=0.01). Children in both groups performed high amount of conventional practice at home. Conclusions: A three-week CE course did not add any improvements in the children’s functioning, possibly explained by the large amount of conventional practice reported of both groups.
Myrhaug, Hilde Tinderholt
Vøllestad, Nina Køpke
Jahnsen, Reidun Birgitta