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Video Game Designed by Doctoral Student to Help Kids with Cerebral Palsy

A University of Toronto doctoral student has designed a video game similar to Nintendo’s “Super Mario Bros.” specifically to help children with cerebral palsy during occupational therapy. To make characters perform an action, players must open the palm of their hand, encouraging targeted muscle movements. A smart armband worn by each player detects this motion and gives players feedback on their movements. The game is designed to help children with cerebral palsy improve function in their underused hand.

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Boy with Cerebral Palsy Turns Heads as Beetlejuice for Halloween

A nine-year-old Illinois boy with cerebral palsy loves getting into the Halloween spirit by dressing up in extravagant costumes every year. This year, he is celebrating Halloween dressed as Beetlejuice.  His parents are always thoughtful in selecting his costumes to accommodate his wheelchair, having dressed as the wheel from “Wheel of Fortune” and a snow globe in years past. “Once he’s in his costume he totally laughs and smiles and definitely loves the attention,” his father said. This year, the boy started using a power wheelchair, which will help him gain independence not only on Halloween night but every other day of the year!

Nike Signs First Athlete with Cerebral Palsy

On National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day (October 6, 2018), after a grueling cross-country race, runner Justin Gallegos received the news that he would be the first athlete with cerebral palsy to sign a contract with sportswear giant, Nike. In May of this year, Gallegos, a runner on the club team at the University of Oregon, began collaborating with Nike on creating a new sneaker for people with disabilities. That same month, Nike released a promotional video featuring Gallegos. “I was once a kid in leg braces who could barely put one foot in front of the other! Now I have signed a three-year contract with Nike Running!” Gallegos said on social media. “Beyond blessed to officially represent the swoosh!”

Virtual Reality Headsets Aim to Minimize Patient Anxiety in Hospitals

Virtual Reality Headsets Aim to Minimize Patient Anxiety in Hospitals

A hospital in Minnesota is providing virtual reality headsets for sick children to use when they receive routine injections. Caretakers believe that offering children views of a sandy beach or a visually-controlled video game through the headsets helps them relax during uncomfortable sessions of injections, infusions or other procedures. The hospital’s researchers have applied for funding to study the effect of virtual reality on young cerebral palsy patients undergoing Botox injections.

Pioneering Cord Blood Clinical Trial for Cerebral Palsy

Pioneering Cord Blood Clinical Trial for Cerebral Palsy

According to a recent study at Duke University Medical Center, infusing a child with cells from his or her own umbilical cord can improve brain connectivity and motor function in children with spastic cerebral palsy.  The researchers noted improvements in motor function one year after the infusion that exceeded gains expected in children of similar age and condition, and exceeded gains by children who had not received an infusion, or had received a lower dose of cells. Researchers hope that infusions of cord blood can help lessen the symptoms of children with cerebral palsy, and plan to study the use of repeated infusions and the use of donor cells for patients whose own cord blood is not available.

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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.

What Is Cerebral Palsy?

What Is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder caused by a brain injury. It is often caused by a lack of oxygen and blood flow to the brain. People with the condition may have problems with motor coordination, sensation, posture, and communication.

Cerebral palsy can result from serious birth trauma or medical negligence during labor and delivery. A baby may display signs of cerebral palsy in the form of seizures, difficulty feeding, or inability to roll over, sit, crawl, or walk when other children reach these milestones.

You may be wondering: does cerebral palsy get worse? While cerebral palsy is considered a non-progressive brain disorder, meaning the brain damage itself does not progress, a child’s symptoms may change as he or she ages.  Symptoms, like fine motor skill impairment, may improve or worsen over time.  Cerebral palsy is also a permanent condition, however treatments and therapies can help children with cerebral palsy to improve their symptoms and experience a normal life expectancy.

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Celebrate World Cerebral Palsy Day

Celebrate World Cerebral Palsy Day

Today’s the day! People all over the world are celebrating World Cerebral Palsy Day on Wednesday October 5th, sharing their stories of how cerebral palsy, or CP, affects their lives. CP is a condition caused by brain damage that permanently impairs the body’s ability to control movement and posture. World CP Day is a day to bring awareness and equality to those with the condition, to share ideas, knowledge, and resources, and to take pride in the achievements of people with CP. Use the hashtag #worldcpday to join the movement—and prepare to be inspired.

Surf’s Up: Man with Cerebral Palsy a Surfing Sensation

Surf’s Up: Man with Cerebral Palsy a Surfing Sensation

“It’s amazing to me because it’s a freedom I don’t really get anywhere else,” says Dylan of his experience riding the waves on his surfboard. Dylan has cerebral palsy but has defied the odds in learning how to surf—even earning the nickname “The Surfing Samurai.” With goals of competing in the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships and the Paralympic Games, Dylan’s positive attitude is an inspiration to others to test their limits and reach their goals.

Robotic Device Encourages Movement in Babies with Cerebral Palsy

Robotic Device Encourages Movement in Babies with Cerebral Palsy

A robotic exoskeleton is being developed by a team at the University of Oklahoma to help babies with cerebral palsy  move and crawl. When treated at a very young age, therapies can help mitigate the effects of the disorder, which is caused by brain damage. The new machine is far from finished, the team indicates, but is currently undergoing a trial gathering brain activity data from 56 infants through the device’s electroencephalogram (EEG) cap. Encouraging movement and brain growth through therapies like this may help children with cerebral palsy develop the motor skills they lack and to help decrease the long term effects of physical and neurological damage.

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