by Lucretia A. Berg, MSOT OTR/L
This study examined the relationship between the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI) and upper extremity physical performance component measures as related to life experiences of children 3 to 10 years old with obstetrical brachial plexus palsy (OBPP). A purposive sample of 11 children was assessed for dominance, grip strength, passive and active range of motion, limb length and girth, with the PEDI, and a semi-structured interview on life impact of OBPP. Correlations demonstrated that as age increased, discrepancies in many components increased, yet PEDI results improved. The interview revealed changes in role participation and peer socialization. Participants utilized adaptations and compensations to increase independence. Therapy was encouraged to prevent contractures, limb length and grip strength discrepancies, and sequelae from compensations.