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Outpatient physical therapy for a toddler with cerebral palsy presenting with developmental delays

A pediatric patient with cerebral palsy was seen for physical therapy treatment provided by a student for ten sessions from February 2014 to May 2014 at a university setting under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. The patient was evaluated at the initial encounter with Gross Motor Function Measurement-66, Peabody Developmental Motor Scale-2 and Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory, and a plan of care was established. Main goals for the patient were to improve development motor functions through increasing independent ambulation, functional balance and strength. Main interventions used were family-centered and task-specific with utilization of the overload principle. The patient achieved the following goals of increased functional strength, independent steps and functional balance. The patient was discharged home to prior living environment with parents, along with continued participation in ongoing physical therapy setting.

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