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Cerebellar Pathophysiology in Children Born Preterm: Implications for NDT Practice

09/12/13
Marcia Stamer, MH, PT, C/NDT
1 Continuing Education Credit(s) Available
A number of years ago in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I found myself treating several children who had a mixed type of cerebral palsy that included spastic diplegia and ataxia. All of them had been born prematurely and had experienced periventricular leukomalacia or other supratentorial lesions, such as intraventricular hemorrhage.

Education Level: Intermediate


Learning Outcomes: The reader will be able to
1. State at least 5 functions of the cerebellum as it relates to processing and routing sensory, cognitive, and motor information within the central nervous system.
2. State why the preterm baby is uniquely vulnerable to lifelong altered growth and function of the cerebellum.
3. State why ataxic cerebral palsy may be underreported in the epidemiology literature.
4. State at least two examples of intervention strategies the author used to address sensorimotor impairments in children with cerebellar pathology as part of their cerebral palsy.
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