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The Otteroo: A Case Series Exploring Its Potential to Support Physical Therapy Intervention in Infants with or at Risk for Developmental Delay

by 1, 2 and 1,3,4,*
1
Infant Neuromotor Control Laboratory, Division of Research on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
2
Starfish Therapies, 1541 Old Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
3
Developmental Neuroscience and Neurogenetics Program, The Saban Research Institute, 4650 Sunset Blvd MS #135, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
4
Department of Pediatrics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA
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Academic Editor: Tadashi Ito
Healthcare 2021, 9(2), 109; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020109
Received: 3 January 2021 / Revised: 18 January 2021 / Accepted: 18 January 2021 / Published: 21 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Comprehensive Clinical Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation)
The objective of this case series was to examine the potential of the Otteroo as a tool to support physical therapy intervention in infants with or at risk for developmental disability. The Otteroo is a float with potential for use in aquatic therapy sessions or as part of a home exercise program. By tracking the amount of use and caregiver perception of the child’s response, we aimed to generate an understanding of the Otteroo’s potential as a family-based adjunct to physical therapy. Four children at risk of developmental delay participated in this study. The Otteroo was provided for four weeks, with recommendations for use. We used an activity log to track usage and collected survey data of caregiver perception of the child’s response. Activity logs showed that use ranged from 3–7 interactions and a total of 40–99.5 min (x¯ = 54.88, SD = 29.75). The survey responses varied as to whether caregivers perceived their children enjoyed the experience. Future research should focus on finding effective methods of encouraging Otteroo use if efficacy of an intervention is to be tested. This initial work provides a foundation for future efficacy research with the Otteroo in children with or at risk for developmental delay. View Full-Text
Keywords: aquatic physical therapy; case series; infant; developmental delay; motor development aquatic physical therapy; case series; infant; developmental delay; motor development
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Reed, I.; Menz, S.; Smith, B.A. The Otteroo: A Case Series Exploring Its Potential to Support Physical Therapy Intervention in Infants with or at Risk for Developmental Delay. Healthcare 2021, 9, 109. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020109

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Reed I, Menz S, Smith BA. The Otteroo: A Case Series Exploring Its Potential to Support Physical Therapy Intervention in Infants with or at Risk for Developmental Delay. Healthcare. 2021; 9(2):109. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020109

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Reed, Isabel, Stacy Menz, and Beth A. Smith. 2021. "The Otteroo: A Case Series Exploring Its Potential to Support Physical Therapy Intervention in Infants with or at Risk for Developmental Delay" Healthcare 9, no. 2: 109. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020109

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