|Type of publication||Aims and summary||Approach and Sample size||Conclusions||Ref.|
|Book chapter||Describing different devices employed especially to avoid deformities, block the function, and prevent the beginning of the chain created as a functional pattern.||Summary of rehabilitation strategies for dystonia in children.||Splints made of soft, semi-rigid or combined materials can be useful in supporting functional position during movement, containing the joint and giving proprioceptive information.|||
|Scientific paper||Evaluating Lycra garments: (1) changes in functional daily skills, (2) changes in posture and movement of the upper body, (3) client/families’ assessment of their child’s responses and function/behavioural changes.||
12 children, with athetosis, ataxia, and spasticity.
|The functional benefit of Lycra garments for children with CP is mainly due to improvements in proximal stability, but this should be weighed against the inconvenience and loss of independence.|||
|Scientific paper||Reporting on the orthotic management of cerebral palsy. In particular, Lycra garments are designed and used to allow some voluntary movements or at least preserve and favour residual motion.||Report about the recommendations from a consensus conference.||Effectiveness of Lycra soft garments to improve function is not established, and should be evaluated carefully.|||
|Scientific review||Investigating if Lycra garments could improve function and posture in children with cerebral palsy.||Systematic review of the literature.||
Many of the studies considered, include children with different types of cerebral palsy, but do not use objective outcome measures.|
Some positive results should be weighted with discomfort, loss of independence and costs of the garments. For this kind of treatment, individual assessment and prescription is essential.
|Scientific paper||Evaluating the effects of the Adeli suit (various versions).||
45 patients with acute cerebrovascular lesions (ACVL) and 10 patients with hyperkinetic syndromes.
Data obtained for the hyperkinetic group are|
particularly preliminary in nature. Signs of hyperkinesia were reduced. Positive effects lasted 1.5–3 h, and hyperkinesia then returned.
|Scientific paper||Comparing the efficacy of Adeli suit treatment (AST) with neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT) in children with cerebral palsy (CP).||
24 children with CP
Age: 6 to 12 years.
|Improvement of efficacy index for children with higher levels of motor function, without the gain of additional gross motor skills, as reflected by a reduced metabolic cost of external work. Not evident the retention in comparison to other treatments.|||
|Scientific paper||Examining the effects of wearing a therapeutic suit during an intensive therapy program on motor function among children with cerebral palsy.||
20 children were randomized to an experimental (Therasuit) or a control (control suit) group and participated in an intensive therapy program.
|Children wearing the Therasuit during an intensive therapy program did not demonstrate improved motor function compared with those wearing a control suit during the same program.|||
|Scientific review||Evaluating the available evidence on the effects of interventions based on the use of therapeutic suits in the treatment of impairments and functional limitations of children with cerebral palsy.||Systematic review of the literature||The low quality of evidence suggests caution in recommending the use of these therapeutic suits.|||
|Systematic review||Describing systematically the best available intervention evidence for children with cerebral palsy (CP).||Systematic review of systematic reviews.||
Conflicting evidence. One trial suggests positive|
effect the other suggest no benefits in using Therasuits for the improvement of gross motor function.