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Using accelerometers for the assessment of improved function due to postural support for individuals with cerebral palsy

Using accelerometers for the assessment of improved function due to postural support for individuals with cerebral palsy

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASSETS'11
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 13th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages301-302
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450309202
ISBN (Print)9781450309196
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StatePublished - 2011

Abstract

Proper seating and positioning is crucial in performing functional activities by individuals with neurological disabilities such as cerebral palsy. Subjective seating assessments are usually performed by physical and occupational therapists observing activities with different seating adaptations. Frequent assessments are required to maintain and adapt seating as individuals' physical characteristics change over time. We conducted a single case study with a 10 year old boy with cerebral palsy to investigate the potential use of accelerometers for the assessment of improved function due to postural support in seating. The results suggest that the root mean square values of acceleration correspond well with the subjective assessment of therapists that reduction in involuntary movements improves function. © 2011 Authors.

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