Communication made easier for children with cerebral palsy

As presented in Medical News Today (MNT) The Biomechanics Institute of Valencia (IBV) has coordinated the ABC project (Augmented BNCI Communication), a European initiative that has developed a new brain-computer interface system to enhance communication skills of people with cerebral palsy from childhood, improving the relationship with their environment and the expression of emotions. Cerebral palsy affects 1.5 per 1,000 people in Spain, being the first cause of childhood disability. People with Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy […]

Bridging the gap: the role of Physiatrists in caring for adults with cerebral palsy.

As featured in Cerebral Palsy Alliance is delighted to bring you this free weekly bulletin of the latest published research into cerebral palsy. Our organisation is committed to supporting cerebral palsy research worldwide – through information, education, collaboration and funding. Find out more at research.cerebralpalsy.org.au Abstract PURPOSE: Individuals with cerebral palsy (CP) experience a significant gap in care as they move from interdisciplinary pediatric programs to limited or non-existent care in the adult sector. A […]

Daily Intervention for Toddlers With Cerebral Palsy in GMFCS Level V: A Case Series.

As featured in Cerebral Palsy Alliance Abstract PURPOSE: To describe a daily physical therapy (PT) intervention program and outcomes for 2 toddlers with spastic quadriplegia, Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) level V, and to evaluate the feasibility of using a daily program in an urban children’s hospital outpatient setting. SUMMARY OF KEY POINTS: Two toddlers, GMFCS level V, received 2 hours of PT intervention based on motor learning principles 5 days a week for […]

Reliability and practicability of the straight leg raise test in children with cerebral palsy.

As featured in Cerebral Palsy Alliance Abstract AIM: Preventing restrictions to lower limb movement is part of the treatment given to children with cerebral palsy (CP). Such restrictions can be assessed using the ‘straight leg raise’ (SLR) test. This study investigated the interrater reliability and practicability of the SLR test in children with CP. METHOD: Experienced physiotherapists examined 23 children with CP (6-18y; eight females, 15 males) twice. The SLR hip range of motion (ROM) […]

Providing Dental Care For Patients With Disabilities

BY CARRIE STETLER With a shortage of special needs facilities, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine clinic serves a vulnerable population. Dennis Fitzpatrick had 17 cavities by the time he arrived at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine’s special care center seven years ago. Fitzpatrick, 27, who suffers from cerebral palsy, had regular checkups throughout childhood, but his dental decay had progressed so far, four of his teeth had to be removed. Because of his disability, […]