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Occupational Therapy Intervention in a child with Cri-du-Chat Syndrome: a case study

Author(s): Gabriela Caseiro | Flavia Manho | Daniela Baleroni Rodrigues Silva | Luzia Iara Pfeifer

Journal: Cadernos de Terapia Ocupacional
ISSN 0104-4931

Volume: 21;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 141;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Cri-du-Chat Syndrome | Occupational Therapy | Occupational Performance

Cri-du-Chat syndrome is a chromosomal abnormality that can result in several damages including developmental delay and intellectual disability of the affected child. This case study describes the occupational therapy intervention in a child with Cri-du-chat syndrome that was followed from two to four years old, in weekly sessions, at a school hospital in the state of São Paulo. Data from medical records, family reports, and occupational therapy sessions were used for case description. The initial assessment showed that the child was hypotonic, stood up only with support, and explored objects by taking them to the mouth. Occupational Therapy assistance aimed to stimulate sensorimotor performance skills (perceptual, neuromuscleskeletal and motor processing) and cognitive integration and components (attention spectrum, sequencing, and learning), through make-believe activities and participation in the activities of daily living (ADL). Moreover, it was also necessary to intervene directly in the school context and the child’s family, advising parents to avoid overprotection. Through the jointffort of the multidisciplinary team and the child’s family, it was possible to contribute to the improvement of bodily functions, allowing an increase in activities and participation, considering the child’s personal factors and environmental conditions, with consequent discharge from ambulatory attendance of occupational therapy.

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