In this paper the authors aim to assess the results of psychomotor treatment of 5 patients with cranial injuries admitted to the Division of Infantile Neuropsychiatry at Gaslini Hospital from 1983 to 1985 and to evaluate the role of this treatment in a pathology with multiple, complex functional disorders. Evolution was excellent in 3 out of 5 patients who presented level 1-3 coma with limited post-traumatic sequelae (epilepsy and dysfunction of the left side in A.D., epilepsy and learning disorders in C.F., motor impairment and learning disorders in V.D.) Effective control was achieved in epileptic patients together with a good recovery in those with learning handicaps. Only slight fine motor disorders remained in the case (A.D.) with left hemiparesis. The two cases with level 5 coma that developed into apallic syndrome both attained full postural and motor autonomy, although a slight paretic deficit remained in the left side in one case (V.A.) and vague cerebellar signs in the other (G.D.). Moreover, despite continuing residual difficulties involving concentration and instability of attention, together with slight affective and emotional problems, both girls acquired satisfactory knowledge and responsibilty regarding their own psychomotor status and achieved good personal autonomy and a stable ego structure. These results appear to confirm the hypothesis that psychomotor treatment is an effective method of achieving an adeguate recomposition of the psychophysical and functional unit of body, damaged by injury.
|Translated title of the contribution||Psychomotor treatment of cranial injuries in childhood. Two cases of apallic syndrome|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health