Children with spastic forms of cerebral palsy often have difficulties performing basic hand functions—such as fastening a button or grasping food. Researchers from South Korea recently observed the effects of task-oriented training (TOT) on dexterity and grip strength in children with spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy and published their findings in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science. They assigned 12 children to a TOT or control group for four weeks. Both groups received 40 minutes of occupational therapy two times a week, and children in the TOT group also received 20 minutes of task-oriented training, which included repeated reaching, cup stacking, and other activities. At the end of the month, children in the TOT group showed improved dexterity. Researchers concluded that it may be beneficial to include TOT in the rehabilitation programs of children with spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy.