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Physiotherapy: Building Upper Body Control with Pokey The African Elephant
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff




To encourage children with Cerebral Palsy to extend their arms forward with control try mounting Pokey The African Elephant on a wall or else brace Pokey in an slanted position with a rolled towel on a wheelchair tray. This will encourage greater upper torso strength, stability, and control.
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