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    Dear all,

    We have recently acquired some new balance assessment software for use with our footscan pressure plate. This software allows for assessment of static balance with the standard centre of pressure, centre of force movements etc. What I aim to do is to record these basic measures to add to our current balance assessment on children with mainly a cerebral palsy diagnosis.

    I have had a look through the literature and there does not seem to be one set protocol for children with CP. I have seen different papers where (non CP)children were assessed with single limb standing with eyes closed & eyes open, double limb standing with eyes closed and feet together and eyes open and feet apart and also other papers where combinations of the single leg stance test and Romberg test/ modified Romberg tests were applied on normal surfaces and foam surfaces with combinations of eyes open and eyes closed

    I fear that some of the above combinations of tests could be too demanding for our CP kids as balance can be severely affected especially as GMFCS levels increase and many of them would find it difficult to stand on one leg unassisted at all. The question I have is in relation to the testing protocol used for such plates- in particular for children with cerebral palsy - in other labs/centers and what people's thoughts are on what they have found to be the most effective testing procedure?

    Thank you to everyone in advance.

    Best regards,

    Damien Kiernan
    Clinical Engineer, Gait Laboratory,
    Central Remedial Clinic,
    Vernon Av.,Clontarf,
    Dublin 3, Ireland.
    Phone - 00 353 1 8542467
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