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Management of Congenital Hemiplegia

The current issue of Pediatrics has published a systemic review on the therapeutic management of congenital hemiplegia in children. Twelve studies and 7 systemic reviews were analyzed. Intramuscular Botox A injections and occupational therapy, neurodevelopmental therapy and casting, constraint induced movement therapy, and hand arm bi-manual intensive training all showed small to medium treatment effects. […]

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Robotics Use in Cerebral Palsy

Found out about this news story from @pediastaff on Twitter. For gait training, this takes treadmill training to the next level. Worth a look for any therapists who works with stroke clients or children who have cerebral palsy. To read an article from MIT on this topic go to http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2009/robotherapy-0519.html

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FDA Report on Botox and Cerebral Palsy

The FDA has added some updated information regarding the use of Botox in children. They are now requiring that all manufacturers of Botox add a box warning “regarding the risk of adverse events when the effects of the toxin spread beyond the site where it was injected”. The manufacturers also have to come up with […]

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Upper Extremity Splint Compliance and AT Use

Here is some information on an intriguing study in the Developmental Neurorehabilitation on children with hemiplegia and their use of upper extremity splints and assistive technology. The study reports that 56% of the children were prescribed UE splints but only 48% of those children were using the splints. In comparison, 46% of the children were […]

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Motor and Mental Skills in Toddlers with CP

Developmental Neurorehabilitation published research on the association between mental and motor functioning in children with CP. This study looked at 78 toddlers with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy with GMFCS I-V. The researchers determined that when motor and mental functioning did not develop at the same time, it was always motor functioning that was more […]

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Free Hands Free Camera Mouse

Heard about this one on Twitter from @assistivetechguru – www.CameraMouse.org. This is a free download for a mouse that works using only head movements. This is for children who can not use their hands but they do have reliable head active range of motion. For the program to work you do need a standard USB […]