Child Focused and Context Focused Therapy Are Equally Effective
[Source: Your Therapy Source via the Can Child Centre]
A group of researchers at the CanChild Centre in Canada completed research comparing child focused therapy and context focused therapy for children with cerebral palsy. The participants included 128 children with cerebral palsy who received one sessions of therapy per week by an OT or PT of either child focused therapy or context focused therapy.
The child focused therapy consisted of therapy sessions trying to change the child’s mobility, body alignment, muscle strength and coordination. Therapy also focused on improving a child’s skills through practicing movements and activities.
The context focused therapy consisted of therapy sessions on choosing an activity that a child enjoys but would like to do better. These activities were then modified to make it easier to do by reducing the limiting factors associated with both the task and the environment. Children also practiced the activities.
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