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Table 1 Characteristics of the non-cerebral palsy (Non-CP) and cerebral palsy (CP) children

From: Participation in everyday activities and quality of life in pre-teenage children living with cerebral palsy in South West Ireland

Characteristics Non-CP
N (%)
CP
N (%)
Gender   
Male 208 (46.4%) 53 (54.1%)
Female 240 (53.6%) 52 (53.1%)
Age   
8–9 years 128 (28.6%) 40 (40.8%)
10 years 109 (24.3%) 20 (20.4%)
11 years 123 (27.5%) 15 (15.3%)
12 years + 88 (19.6%) 23 (23.5%)
Classification (Gross Motor Function) levels I–V   
I   37(37.8%)
II   22 (22.4%)
III   11 (11.2%)
IV   12 (12.2%)
V   16 (16.3%)
CP Type   
Spastic unilateral   49 (50.0%)
Spastic bilateral   37 (37.8%)
Dyskinetic   6 (6.1%)
Ataxic   6 (6.1%)
Bimanual Fine Motor Function   
Without Limitation   45 (45.9%)
Both Hands limited in fine skills or child needs help with tasks   33 (33.7%)
Child needs help and adapted equipment or total human assistance   20 (20.4%)
Seizures   
No Seizures (either with or without medication)   82 (83.6%)
Seizures   16 (16.4%)
Feeding   
No problems   73 (74.5%)
Feeds orally with difficulty, or by tube   25 (25.5%)
Communication   
Normal   66 (67.3%)
Difficulty but uses less speech   8 (8.2%)
Uses non-speech for formal communication   13 (13.3%)
No formal communication   11 (11.2%)
Intellectual impairment   
None or mild (IQ >70)   54 (55.1%)
Moderate or severe (IQ <= 70)   43 (43.9%)
Missing   1(1%)
Hearing   
Does not need hearing aid   96 (98%)
Needs hearing aids due to profound or severe loss >70 decibels   2 (2%)
Vision   
Has useful vision   96 (91.8%)
Blind or no useful vision   8 (8.2%)