Monday, August 15, 2011

Functional Performance and Achondroplasia

Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology published research on the functional performance of 35 Australian children, ages 3-7, with achondroplasia. The Functional Independence Measure for Children (WeeFIM-II) was used at 3, 5 or 7 years old. Improvements in function were noted from 3-5 years of age. Milestones were delayed across all ages and domains. The children with achondroplasia required more assistance with self care and mobility skills. Social skills were an area of strength. The researchers concluded that occupational, physical and speech therapists should try to help children and families to become more independent.

Reference: PENELOPE JANE IRELAND et al. Functional performance in young Australian children with achondroplasia. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. Article first published online: 12 AUG 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2011.04050.x

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