Research furthers efforts to support early identification of balance problems in children.
Mary Rose Franjoine, PT, DPT, MS, C/NDT, PCS, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Daemen College (shown above at right), has been awarded $9,800 from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Section on Pediatrics for a collaborative research project aimed at quickly and efficiently identifying balance impairments in children. This is a joint project with Nancy Darr, PT, DSc, NCS, Professor of Physical Therapy at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Balance dysfunction can be an indicator of motor impairments including delayed development of gross motor skills such as walking, running and jumping. Many balance impairments, when detected early, can be corrected with physical therapy intervention. The Pediatric Balance Scale (PBS) is a 14 item assessment developed by Dr. Franjoine to quickly identify balance dysfunction in children using a minimum of equipment. The PBS can be used with children ages two through 13 years of age, in a wide variety of settings including schools, clinics, and homes.
Brenda Young, PhD, LEED AP, Professor of Natural Sciences/Director of the Global & Local Sustainability Program at Daemen, is also serving as a co-investigator on the project.