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A parent’s perception of the impact of recreational therapy on their child’s quality of life with cerebral palsy: A case study

Brittany Dao, MS, CTRS/L, Tim Passmore, EdD, CTRS/L, FDRT, Donna Lindenmeier, PhD


There is a need for research centered around recreational therapy, cerebral palsy (CP), and quality of life (QOL). This study focused on one parent’s perceptions of their child’s QOL with spastic CP before and after receiving recreational therapy treatment. The PedsQL™ Infant Scales was utilized for this study in a pretest/post-test case report. Data were collected from the participant at a health center in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The data collected determined that the parent did perceive an improvement in QOL of their child with CP after receiving recreational therapy treatment. There is a minimal research in the specific areas of recreational therapy for CP and the effect that recreational therapy has on a child’s QOL with CP; however, this study helps build the foundation for future studies.


cerebral palsy, quality of life, pediatric, perception of quality of life, recreational therapy

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