Pediatric Rehabilitation


Pediatric rehabilitation of mitochondrial disorders aims at achieving optimal participation of the child and his/her family. Pediatric rehabilitation is characterized by multidisciplinary approach involving the pediatric rehabilitation physician, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, and psychologist. Interventions aim at improving the activity level of a child, thus improving participation.
The research of Department of Rehabilitation on pediatric rehabilitation focuses on studies involving progressive disorders like mitochondrial and neuromuscular disorders. Research topics are assistive training aiming at counteract disuse, and improve endurance, and studies on speech and swallowing problems.

The pediatric rehabilitation team is lead by Imelda de Groot. The team is part of the Department of Rehabilitation of Radboud University Nijmegen - Medical Centre. Imelda de Groot is pediatric rehabilitation physician, associate professor, senior researcher, and principal instructor of rehabilitation medicine.

Recent publications

  1. The assisted 6-minute cycling test: An exploratory study in children. Dirks I, Koene S, Verbruggen R, Smeitink JA, Jansen M, de Groot IJ. Muscle Nerve. 2015 Dec 30. doi: 10.1002/mus.25021. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26718768.

  2. Towards the harmonization of outcome measures in children with mitochondrial disorders. Koene S, Jansen M, Verhaak CM, De Vrueh RL, De Groot IJ, Smeitink JA. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2013 Aug;55(8):698-706.

  3. Developing outcome measures for pediatric mitochondrial disorders: which complaints and limitations are most burdensome to patients and their parents? Koene S, Wortmann SB, de Vries MC, Jonckheere AI, Morava E, de Groot IJ, Smeitink JA. Mitochondrion. 2013 Jan;13(1):15-24.