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Upper Extremity Activity in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology published research on 23 children (age range 8-18 years old) with cerebral palsy (21 hemiplegia and 2 spastic diplegia). The purpose of the study was to determine a relationship between muscle strength, tone and range of motion and functional hand skills. The results indicated that active supination range, strength and […]

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Children with Cold Hands and Feet

Here is something to consider when working with children who have neurological disorders. A recent thesis study revealed that children in wheelchairs with neurological disorders have different skin temperatures than in children without neurological disorders. The study showed that in children with neurological disorders the temperature of the feet was three degrees colder and the […]

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Homemade Assistive Devices

Workshop Solutions is jammed packed with information about homemade assistive devices for people with disabilities which I heard about from Barbara Boucher website Therextras. There is a full list of mobility and communication devices that two men have compiled. There are many photos to support the text which describes various pieces of mostly homemade equipment. […]

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AFO’s in Children with CP

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery published research on the use of a floor reaction ankle foot orthoses (AFO’s) on children with cerebral palsy (CP). Using gait analysis, the researchers determined that the AFO’s restricted sagittal plane motion (left to right motion)which results in improvements in knee extension. The best results were seen in […]

Including Samuel – Documentary on Inclusion

This seems like a very interesting upcoming documentary to watch on PBS stations entitled Including Samuel. It is the story of a family’s quest to include Samuel, a nine year old boy with cerebral palsy, in all aspects of their lives. It describes the successes and trials over 4 years of Samuel’s family and 4 […]

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Spasticity and Gross Motor Function

Spasticity levels were measured using the Modified Tardieu Scale in 50 children with cerebral palsy (GMFCS I-V)aged 18 months. The children followed for one year and gross motor function was assessed with the GMFM-66. The researchers concluded that spasticity has a small relationship with gross motor function but other factors also need to be considered. […]

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Task-Oriented Strength Training and Mobility for Children with Cerebral Palsy

NeuroRehabilitation published research on the effects of task-oriented strength training on mobility function in children with cerebral palsy. Five children with cerebral palsy (GMFCS I-III) were randomly assigned to an experimental group which received task-oriented strength training with a focus on the lower extremities for 5 weeks. This group also practiced functional tasks similar to […]

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Brain Powered Mobility

Check out this video. Toyota has created a way to drive a motorized wheelchair using only brain waves. The wheelchair user wears a cap that sends brain scan signals to a computer which then steers the chair. Would love to see this tested on children. This would change lives! More info…

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5 Unique Physical Activity Programs for Children with Disabilities

After writing many previous blog posts on the importance of physical activity in all children, I wanted to list some specialized programs for children with disabilities that encourage physical activity. These activities are not available everywhere but it does offer some suggestions of what you could be proactive in starting in your community. Hippotherapy – […]