Treating a child with cerebral palsy using the ‘Rhythmical Intention’ method

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The Institute for Movement Therapy and School for ‘Conductors’

This report describes how it is possible for Prof. Petö, at the Institute for Movement Therapy and School for ‘Conductors’ in Budapest, to combine, in the hands of one person, the treatment, education and management of a child with cerebral palsy by using the method of ‘Rhythmical Intention’.

In this way, 4–5 hours of physical treatment a day can be combined with several hours of academic and general teaching, thus educating the children up to the normal standard of the Hungarian schools. After 2–3 years' residential care the children are returned to their parents and are expected to attend normal school. All cases are severe, but hardly any calipers or operations are used, the approach being neurophysiological.

Author: Ester Cotton MCSP. 1965, Article first published online: 12 NOV 2008

Publisher: Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. 
Volume 7, Issue 4, pages 437–446, August 1965

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