Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology published research on 287 Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM) observations were made on 74 children with pediatric acquired brain injury (ABI). The results showed the following:
1. Children sustaining hypoxic–ischaemic injuries made the slowest and least complete recoveries.
2. Older children made faster gross motor recoveries after controlling for aetiology.
3. The time at which gross motor ability began to rise coincided approximately with admission to the rehabilitation facility.
4. Comparable item-difficulty scores in this sample and in the cerebral palsy population suggest comparable sequences of gross motor ability reacquisition.
Reference: Gemma Kelly, Sue Mobbs, Joshua N Pritkin, Margaret Mayston, Michael Mather, Peter Rosenbaum, Robin Henderson and Rob Forsyth. Gross Motor Function Measure-66 trajectories in children recovering after severe acquired brain injury. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. Article first published online: 29 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.12592