Visual motor rehabilitation in children with cerebral palsy

Int Rehabil Med. 1983;5(3):118-27. doi: 10.3109/09638288309166944.


Cerebral palsied (CP) children were given intensive visuo-oculomotor training in order to improve their visuo-oculomotor control, using children's films as a visual stimulus. A comparative study was conducted on a group of normal children of the same age. Results showed that training does improve visuo-oculomotor system control as illustrated by (1) a marked increase in smooth pursuit precision and maximum velocity, (2) an improvement of saccadic movement precision and stability, and (3) a shortening of the saccadic reaction time. The highest performance was observed under conditions in which the child pointed at and followed the visuo-acoustic target with his arm extended.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Cerebral Palsy / complications*
  • Cerebral Palsy / physiopathology
  • Child
  • Eye Diseases / etiology
  • Eye Diseases / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Nystagmus, Pathologic / etiology
  • Nystagmus, Pathologic / therapy
  • Oculomotor Muscles / physiopathology
  • Orthoptics / methods*
  • Pursuit, Smooth
  • Saccades
  • Visual Perception