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Special Issue "Physical and Occupational Therapies for Children and Adolescents with Neuromotor Impairments: The Use of Biopsychosocial Model of Health for Rehabilitation"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 November 2023 | Viewed by 147

Special Issue Editor

Department of Prevention and Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy, Federal University of Paraná, Av Cel. Francisco H. dos Santos, Jd das Américas, Curitiba 81530-000, PR, Brazil
Interests: motor develoment; neuromotor impairments; developmental disabilities; cerebral palsy; autism spectrum disorder; down syndrome; biopsychosocial model of health; ICF; functioning; postural control; children; adolescents

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Neuromotor impairments constrain the development of motor abilities, negatively impacting patterns of posture and movement. Children and adolescents with neuromotor impairments, due to their deficits in body structure and the health function domain, show important functional constraints and reduced levels of participation. These functional and participation constraints might perpetuate a cycle of disabilities in this population, as they tend to make children more isolated, less active, and sedentary.

Therefore, physical and occupational therapies are extremely important for the global development of this population. Aiming to improve functioning and quality of life in children and adolescents with neuromotor impairments, rehabilitation professionals should seek interventions with the potential to improve not only the anatomic and physiological conditions in the population, but that also improve functioning, family empowerment, fitness, and participation in fun activities. Rehabilitation techniques, more and more, should enhance opportunities to develop meaningful peer connections, being an intervention that could enhance participation while providing quality of life.

In this context, increasingly, the research framework has been based on a biopsychosocial model of health, addressing multiple health domains and their relevance for functioning. However, before the biopsychosocial framework can be fully integrated into health promotion policies, a comprehensive and relevant research approach needs to be established in order to determine the effects of different therapeutic approaches on the multiple health domains. Thus, it is important to investigate the effects of different therapies on multiple health domains, such as body structure and function, activity and participation levels, and contextual factors.   

This Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) focuses on the current state of knowledge around the effects of physical and occupational therapies for children and adolescents with neuromotor impairments, considering their multiple health domains. New research papers, reviews, case reports, and conference papers are welcome to be submitted to this Special Issue. Papers presenting new approaches that deal with neuromotor impairments are also welcome. Other manuscript types accepted include methodological papers, position papers, brief reports, and commentaries. 

Prof. Dr. Sílvia Letícia Pavão
Guest Editor

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  • neuromotor impairments
  • biopsychosocial model of health
  • ICF
  • physical rehabilitation
  • physical therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • functioning
  • participation
  • quality of life
  • children
  • adolescents

Published Papers

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