The Effects of Kinesthetic Training on the Cognitive Ability of Children with Cerebral Palsy

Hafiz Tahir Jameel, Farhat Yasmeen, Tricia Jokerst

Abstract


This experimental study was conducted to observe the effects of kinesthetic training on the cognitive ability of children with cerebral palsy. A special education center was selected for this study. The sample was composed of nine children with cerebral palsy, and the pretest-posttest design was employed. Kinesthetic sensitivity was assessed using tactile and pressure cues. The Slosson Drawing Coordination Test (SDCT) measured the cognitive ability of the participants. Teachers were briefed about the study and trained on the intervention exercises. The intervention consisted of exercises performed with equipment including therapy balls, balloons, hammers, shoe boxes, towels, clay and cloth pegs. Prior to the intervention, the pretest was administered. After six weeks of the intervention, the posttest measured kinesthetic sensitivity and cognitive ability again. Results indicated a statistically significant increase of kinetic sensitivity and cognition in participant.

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