The performance of children and adolescents with low vision on the Pediatric Balance Scale

  • Agda Cristina de Sousa Santos UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE PERNAMBUCO
  • Hanne Alves Bakke INSTITUTO FEDERAL DA PARAÍBA - IFPB
  • Ilana Santos de Oliveira UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE PERNAMBUCO
  • Silvia Warnick Sarinho UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE PERNAMBUCO

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the performance of children and adolescents with low vision on the Pediatric Balance Scale (PBS), in different age groups. The PBS was administered to 41 subjects, aged 5 to 14 years, with low vision and no other associated disorders. The Spearman correlation coefficient was used for correlation between age and the score achieved on the scale. There was a correlation of 0.52 between the score obtained on the PBS and the age. The variation of score was greater in children between 5 to 7 years and minimal in older age groups. The maximum score was obtained by all the subjects on six items of the scale. The PBS score had significant correlation with age up to a point, reaching ceiling effect on various items. It showed to be an easy application screening tool in children and adolescents with low vision, being more suitable for children 5-7 years old.

Author Biographies

Agda Cristina de Sousa Santos, UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE PERNAMBUCO

Fisioterapeuta

Mestre em Saúde da Criança e do Adolescente. Departamento Maternoinfantil, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brasil
Hanne Alves Bakke, INSTITUTO FEDERAL DA PARAÍBA - IFPB

Fisioterapeuta

Drª. em Saúde da Criança e do Adolescente. Departamento Maternoinfantil, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brasil.

Ilana Santos de Oliveira, UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE PERNAMBUCO
Doutoranda em Saúde da Criança e do Adolescente. Departamento maternoinfantil, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brasil.
Silvia Warnick Sarinho, UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE PERNAMBUCO
  • Professora e Doutora do Departamento maternoinfantil, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.
Published
2018-10-19
Section
Original Article