The use of rhythmic auditory stimulation in gait habilitation for children with cerebral palsy

Eunmi Emily Kwak, Soo Ji Kim

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Abstract

This article reviews the current literature regarding the use of rhythm for motor habilitation and rehabilitation to establish the theoretical background for using rhythmic auditory stimulation in gait habilitation among children with cerebral palsy (CP). Unlike adults with neurological impairments such as stroke or Parkinson's disease who have developed the neural networks needed to reestablish previous functioning, children with CP need to learn to walk by activating and strengthening neural networks. The purpose of habilitation with this population is to maximize children's motor training and motor skill development in order to improve overall functioning. In this article, the use of rhythm in motor control is reviewed and the clinical implications for rhythmic auditory stimulation (RAS) gait training with children with CP are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-83
Number of pages6
JournalMusic Therapy Perspectives
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

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