Benefits of Structured Bimanual Skill Practice

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Research in Developmental Disabilities published research on the benefits of structured bimanual skill practice.  Twenty children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy (CP) participated in the study in order to determine the importance of skill progression during intensive bimanual practice on movement coordination.

The 20 children with unilateral CP were randomly allocated to a structured practice group with skill progression (10 children) or to an unstructured practice group without skill progression (10 children). Both groups participated in bimanual activities 6 hours a day for 15 days. Pre and post testing was completed where children performed a bimanual drawer-opening task using 3-D kinematic analyses.

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