Effects of postural control interventions on school-related function in children: a systematic review

Lindsay Cota, Nikki Milne, Rodney R Pope, Paul Hunt

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Abstract

Question: What effect do postural control interventions have on the school-related functions of: physical activity; reading; handwriting; and behaviour and attention?
Design: Systematic review of intervention studies
Participants: School-aged children between 5-18 years; typically or atypically developing.
Intervention: Postural control interventions were defined as interactions of an individual with a task and environment that challenge the physiological systems that control static and dynamic balance, coordination, and visual tracking.
Outcome measures: Physical activity measures included Gross Motor Function Measure-(GMFM)-88/66, Pediatric Balance Scale, Movement Assessment Battery for Children (MABC-2). Reading-related measures included the Dyslexia Screening Test (DST) and national (US) academic tests.
Results: Of 643 potential articles, five studies with fair to good methodological quality (mean modified Downs and Black score of 75%: range 64-82% with 100% scoring agreement) were evaluated. The five studies utilised diverse postural control interventions, with four resulting in positive physical activity outcomes and one resulting in improved reading outcomes. No studies were identified which reported on the outcomes of handwriting, behaviour or attention.
Conclusion: Postural control interventions, delivered in a variety of modalities can positively affect physical activity-related outcomes and potentially reading outcomes. Further high quality research is required to determine the impact of postural control interventions on school-related functions such as reading, handwriting, behaviour and attention.

Key Practice Points:
• Limited research exists examining the effects of postural control interventions on school-related functional outcomes.

• Further high quality research is needed to investigate the effects of postural control interventions on school-related function, including reading, handwriting, behaviour and attention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages34
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2015
EventCONNECT 2015 Physiotherapy Conference - Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 3 Oct 20156 Oct 2015
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ConferenceCONNECT 2015 Physiotherapy Conference
Abbreviated titleAPA 2015
CountryAustralia
CityGold Coast
Period3/10/156/10/15
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Cota, L., Milne, N., Pope, R. R., & Hunt, P. (2015). Effects of postural control interventions on school-related function in children: a systematic review. 34. Abstract from CONNECT 2015 Physiotherapy Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.