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New Discovery May Lead to Brain Injury Repair

New Discovery May Lead to Brain Injury Repair

Researchers in Oregon have completed groundbreaking research investigating brain injury reversal in newborns. In the team’s study, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, scientists identified a specific molecule in the brain’s white matter that inhibits the brain’s ability to repair itself after injury. “By preventing the production of this molecule, we can create an effective pathway to allow the brain to continue its regenerative process…,” said Stephen Back, M.D., Ph.D., of Oregon Health and Science University. Their findings may create opportunities for further research and targeted therapies for people with conditions such as cerebral palsy, and may help limit long-term physical and mental disabilities.

Celebrating a Milestone: Mother, Son with Cerebral Palsy Graduate from University Together

Celebrating a Milestone: Mother, Son with Cerebral Palsy Graduate from University Together

Graduation was an especially proud moment for a mother-son duo from Nashville. Both received their diplomas from Middle Tennessee State University on the same day, at the same ceremony. After years of taking care of her family, particularly her son, who has cerebral palsy, the 48-year old graduate is relaunching her career to serve others outside of her home—proving that it’s never too late to pursue your dreams.

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.

Pennsylvania Cerebral Palsy Non-Profit Receives Funding

Pennsylvania Cerebral Palsy Non-Profit Receives Funding

In January 2018, the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation of Central Pennsylvania was awarded nearly $5,000 for its UCP Pathways Social Club program through the Franklin County Foundation.  As a part of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities, the Franklin County Foundation awards grants to programs and services that have the potential for the greatest impact on the quality of life for individuals and families living in the county. The Foundation for Enhancing Communities also distributes awards among south-central Pennsylvania counties, including Cumberland, Perry, Dauphin, Lebanon and York. The UCP grant will help individuals living with cerebral palsy and their families in Franklin County.

Phone App to Screen for Cerebral Palsy in Australia

Phone App to Screen for Cerebral Palsy in Australia

A smartphone app providing early detection and intervention in babies born with cerebral palsy will be launched in rural Australia in November 2018. The Baby Moves app enables parents to upload a three minute video of their baby’s movements for researchers to remotely assess. The technology is designed to save people living in remote areas from taking long-distance trips to a rehabilitation center. “Our aim is to upskill mothers from within the community and offer therapeutic intervention in the home so that they can be their baby’s first and best teacher, and consequently provide better outcomes for babies with cerebral palsy,” said program director, Katherine Benfer, PhD, University of Queensland.

Study: Task-Training May Improve Hand Dexterity in Kids with Cerebral Palsy

Study: Task-Training May Improve Hand Dexterity in Kids with Cerebral Palsy

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.

Oklahoma City Program “Bear in the Chair” Connects Children with Cerebral Palsy to Classroom

Oklahoma City Program “Bear in the Chair” Connects Children with Cerebral Palsy to Classroom

Suffering a long-term illness or needing frequent treatments in the hospital is tough for any child, especially when he or she is taken out of school. “Bear in the Chair” is a new program in Oklahoma City that allows kids to stay connected to classmates through a plush toy bear while receiving treatment in the hospital. Teachers can send text messages to the absent student, attaching positive messages and photographs of the bear at the child’s desk—doing all the activities he or she would be doing if in attendance.

One elementary school student with cerebral palsy, Jack Beaver, participated in the program after undergoing surgery to straighten his spine. He received pictures of students pushing the bear from class to class—which raised his spirits. Jack’s parents and teachers believe that the bear encouraged a speedy recovery and minimized anxiety when returning to school. “It was like he was here the whole time,” said Jack’s teacher, Bill LeBlanc.

Ontario to Offer Surgery for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Ontario to Offer Surgery for Children with Cerebral Palsy

The provincial government of Ontario will offer Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery, a specialized procedure performed on the lower spinal cord which may permanently reduce muscle spasticity and help patients with cerebral palsy learn to walk. Candidates for the surgery include children between the ages of four and eight who struggle to walk due to their cerebral palsy.  The SDR program will allow Canadian surgeon Dr. James Drake to perform the surgery for 10 to 15 children per year in Ontario, changing the lives of many Canadian families by preventing total wheelchair dependency.

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Eye-Gaze Device Helps Children with Cerebral Palsy Communicate

Eye-Gaze Device Helps Children with Cerebral Palsy Communicate

For children with severe forms of cerebral palsy that are unable to talk, eye-gaze tablets designed to track and interpret eye movement on a screen may help them to communicate. By looking at keys or images displayed on a special tablet, patients can type a message or select phrases to generate speech. “It gives you a chance to have a life like everybody else,” said pediatric neurologist and physical therapist Dr. Jan Brunstrom-Hernandez. She notes that eye-gaze technology has given her patients independence and has changed their lives.

Teen Model with Cerebral Palsy Inspires Others as a Motivational Speaker

Teen Model with Cerebral Palsy Inspires Others as a Motivational Speaker

A half-page photograph of 17-year old Autumn Kinkade appeared in the September-October 2017 edition of Seventeen magazine. The teen, from Adair, Oklahoma, was born three months premature and diagnosed with cerebral palsy. In 2014, her mother encouraged her to enter a beauty pageant—which she won.  That experience not only gave Autumn a confidence boost, but also the opportunity to work as a model and motivational speaker. Autumn has spoken at churches, schools, and youth groups, and aims to reach larger audiences to inspire others to follow their dreams despite the challenges they may face.

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