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"Sport Medicine Journal" No.37 - 2014
ARTICLE – abstract

Development of a New Motor Development Evaluation Scale for Cerebral Palsy Diagnosed Children (SED-PCI): Phase II — Practical Application

Zăvăleanu Mihaela, Roşulescu Eugenia, Vasilescu Mirela
Kinetotherapy and Sports Medicine Department, Faculty of Physical Education and Sports, University of Craiova, Romania


The aim of our study is to establish the validity of scale SED-PCI (Development Evaluation Scale for Infantile Cerebral Palsy) for measuring and quantification of motor development in children with cerebral palsy. We describe the process to verify the items of scale to evaluate child's motor behaviour and performance. The scale desires to be a specific observational instrument with practical application on Romanian particularities of CP case. We used to demonstrate the validity of SED-PCI a comparative research with GMFM and GMFCS scales on 75 cerebral palsied children. The findings showed us a proper correlation with the mentioned scales which means that our scale is a useful instrument to describe the development for this type of pathology at different years of age. This instrument adapt easily to evaluation program’s needs, that are culturally sensitive in a particular region and ethnic group, and is intended to be useful in community-based programs which usually have limited resources and depend on the efforts of parents and personnel who have little formal or specialized training.
Key words:

cerebral palsy, evaluation, development, motor behaviour

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