Title

The responsiveness and validity of the Early Clinical Assessment of Balance in toddlers with cerebral palsy: Brief report.

Year of Publication

2019

Number of Pages

496-498

Date Published

2019 Oct

ISSN Number

1751-8431

Abstract

<p><strong>Purpose:</strong> The Early Clinical Assessment of Balance (ECAB) is a measure of postural stability for children with cerebral palsy (CP). The purpose of this research was to investigate the relationship between the ECAB and Gross Motor Function Measure-66 (GMFM-66) and to determine the responsiveness of the ECAB in children with CP under three years of age. <strong>Methods:</strong> Twenty seven children (mean age of 25&nbsp;months) participated. Data were collected before and after 3 and 6 months of physical therapy. Responsiveness was calculated using standardized response means (SRM). <strong>Results:</strong> Significant relationships were observed between the ECAB, GMFM-66 score (r&nbsp;=&nbsp;0.87), and GMFM subscales (r&nbsp;=&nbsp;0.63-0.86). A moderate effect size (SRM&nbsp;=&nbsp;0.62) and a large effect size (SRM&nbsp;=&nbsp;0.92) for the ECAB were found over the 3- and 6-month intervention periods, respectively. <strong>Conclusions:</strong> These results support the validity and responsiveness of the ECAB in young children with CP.</p>

DOI

10.1080/17518423.2018.1523244

Alternate Title

Dev Neurorehabil

PMID

30252589

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