How to Use the Pediatric Balance Scale

Elise falls frequently during the course of her school day.   She often has skinned knees and bruises.  Although she is 10,  she walks down stairs one step at a time.    What will you use to measure Elise’s functional balance skills?  How will you document her progress?  

Pediatric physical therapists informally evaluate balance and postural control in every movement.   Multiple body systems contribute to balance, and this makes measurement of functional balance somewhat challenging.

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