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Study: Music Therapy Improves Upper Body Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Study: Music Therapy Improves Upper Body Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy

After 16 weeks of live music therapy, children with cerebral palsy participating in a study showed significant improvements in locomotor function, according to Spanish researchers. In the study, participants played small percussion instruments—a Spanish guitar, a keyboard, and drums, along with the therapists. Certain types of movements and skills, including hand movements, sensorimotor skills, load-bearing, head movement, and leg position improved after the therapy, researchers found. “Music therapy is a useful tool in rehabilitation and its positive effects remain four months after completing the treatment,” they concluded.

Children’s Clothing Campaign Features Models with Cerebral Palsy

Children’s Clothing Campaign Features Models with Cerebral Palsy

UK clothing retailer, River Island, launched a new line of children’s clothing with a campaign celebrating diversity. Six children with disabilities, including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and epilepsy, were selected from across the nation to model. The campaign was released as River Island announced its collaboration with anti-bullying charity, Ditch The Label. The children with disabilities are represented by Zebedee Management, an agency that works specifically with models with disabilities. “Our hope is that our models have a fair shot of getting work alongside other mainstream models so we see a balanced cross section of society…” agents said.

Doctor Builds Personalized Voices for Individuals with Speech Deficits

Doctor Builds Personalized Voices for Individuals with Speech Deficits

VocaliD is software designed to create a personalized voice for people with speech deficits, which were caused by diseases and conditions such as cerebral palsy. Former speech therapist Dr. Rupal Patel has been working with Geoffrey Meltzner, head of research and technology, to make voice producing devices sound more unique than the pre-programmed options currently available. In early 2018, the VocaliD team spent months recording phrases from the sisters of their first customer to create her own unique personalized voice. “We use that to train a statistical synthesizer, and after about four or five hours of processing, we have a voice that we can install,” Meltzner said. Dr. Patel said VocaliD would benefit from more people willing to read and record stories, which he calls “voice donors.”

Hippotherapy Simulator Designed as Therapy Equipment for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Hippotherapy Simulator Designed as Therapy Equipment for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Hippotherapy, the use of horseback riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment, has been prescribed to improve coordination, balance, and strength in individuals with conditions such as cerebral palsy. However, access to equestrian centers is limited, and costs are not always covered by insurance, making this unique treatment inaccessible to many candidates. Dr. Justin Burton and Dr. Olga Morozova, pediatric rehabilitation medicine physicians, recently developed a horseback riding simulator for children with disabilities. The simulator engages the torso, requiring the child to maintain control of his or her posture with the core (trunk) of the body. “We believe patients who have good head control but have difficulty with trunk strength and/or trunk control would benefit most from this therapy,” Dr. Burton says.

Wear Green This Weekend to Support Those with Cerebral Palsy!

Wear Green This Weekend to Support Those with Cerebral Palsy!

Sunday, March 25th is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day! Cerebral palsy is a permanent condition describing a combination of physical and mental disabilities due to damage or abnormalities in the brain. It is often caused by a lack of oxygen and blood flow to the brain in the moments prior to birth or shortly after delivery. The lifetime treatment and care for an individual with CP is estimated to cost over $1 million. Wearing green on National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day will raise awareness about cerebral palsy in your community, which helps organizations receive the funding they require to give families affected by CP necessary resources and care. So remember to wear your green on Sunday and tell everyone why!

Study Analyzing Worm Brain Activity Sheds Light on Human Brain Functions

Study Analyzing Worm Brain Activity Sheds Light on Human Brain Functions

Published in the journal Nature, a new study suggests that the fundamental “rules” of how a worm’s brain controls movement may apply to human brain functions. By studying the brain network of a roundworm for several years, researchers from Northeastern University’s Center for Complex Network Research have been able to pinpoint, for example, which nerve cell controls the worm’s movements, such as squirming. The research team is encouraged that their findings could revolutionize the way human brain disorders such as cerebral palsy are treated.

Precision Grip Weaker Among Children with Unilateral Cerebral Palsy, Study Suggests

Precision Grip Weaker Among Children with Unilateral Cerebral Palsy, Study Suggests

Gripping objects is a common challenge for children with cerebral palsy. According to a new study published in PLOS ONE, however, researchers determined that children with unilateral cerebral palsy (UCP)—where one side of the body is affected—have more difficulty using precision grip during specific movements. The study analyzed 25 children with UCP with 25 children without the neurological condition. The children were all asked to walk down a step holding a device that measures grip and load force. Researchers found that the children with UCP were less able to regulate the amount of force needed for specific activities that involve both upper and lower limbs—such as picking up toys or getting something out of the refrigerator. The authors conclude that “…the coordination of upper and lower extremities might be of interest to introduce in rehabilitation programs dedicated to these children.”

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Massachusetts Middle Schoolers Design Toys for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Massachusetts Middle Schoolers Design Toys for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Teams of eighth grade students at KIPP Academy in Massachusetts have been hard at work on Project Lead the Way, which brings hands-on science, technology, engineering and math experiences into classrooms. Their particular assignment? Using 3-D printers to design therapeutic toys for children who have cerebral palsy. The middle schoolers unveiled their model toys—designed to promote muscle strengthening in the fingers and hands—to peers for feedback last month. One of the groups will even get to present their design to Boston Children’s Hospital later this year.

Stem Cell Therapy May Improve Motor Function in Patients with Cerebral Palsy

Stem Cell Therapy May Improve Motor Function in Patients with Cerebral Palsy

A specialized stem cell therapy center in India has recently reported positive results in treating a patient with cerebral palsy. The therapy, which involves injecting stem cells collected from a patient’s bone marrow into the spinal canal, is believed to lead to improvements in gross motor function in some cerebral palsy patients, according to recent studies. By way of example, results from such stem cell therapy include relaxing the hand muscles to allow them to open.  The use of stem cells may lead to the ability to treat other types of diseases and conditions as well.

Technology Improving Quality of Life for Individuals with Cerebral Palsy

Technology Improving Quality of Life for Individuals with Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a condition that can limit one’s independence, but new technology is helping people to be able to do things for themselves. For individuals with cerebral palsy who are unable to speak, eye gaze tablets, devices which are controlled entirely by looking at portion of the tablet, enable a person to express thoughts and emotions and even complete tasks such as closing or opening a door. For individuals without speech impairments, Amazon’s Alexa can help control lights, lock doors, or turn on the television with a voice command. Social media platforms and websites such as YouTube help people with cerebral palsy to build networks and communities and connect with friends. In the past few decades, technology has vastly improved the quality of life for many people living with disabilities, helping them to become more independent and confident in their daily lives.

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