Twenty-seven children (mean age 5.1 years) with cerebral palsy and moderate eating impairment were studied to determine frequency of aspiration and the effect of 10 and 20 weeks of oral sensorimotor therapy on eating efficiency and measures of growth (weight, skinfold thickness). The eating efficiency of the children did not change markedly in response to oral sensorimotor therapy. Children maintained their centile rank in weight-for-age and skinfold-for-age measurements. However, there was no catch-up growth. The findings suggest that eating efficiency is not a good estimator of treatment outcome, but rather a diagnostic indicator of the severity of eating impairment. Monitoring of these children's growth is essential in order to provide nutritional rehabilitation as soon as their eating skills can no longer keep up with growth demands.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology|
|State||Published - 1995|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health