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Study Says Early Speech-Language Therapies May Benefit Toddlers with Cerebral Palsy, Language Delays

A new study published in the journal Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology suggests that early language intervention is key for children with cerebral palsy. Toddlers with cerebral palsy that are unable to speak may benefit from early speech-language therapy to help overcome difficulties later in life, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers concluded. The study followed the development of language capacity in 85 boys and girls with cerebral palsy over several years, from the ages of 18 months to 4.5 years. Children with motor speech difficulties participating in the study were found to have a delay of about six months in language comprehension, while children with no motor speech impairments experienced no delays, showing development that was appropriate for their age.

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Children with Cerebral Palsy May Benefit from Therapy Aimed at Involuntary Hand Movements

Unilateral spastic cerebral palsy (“USCP”) patients, whose motor movements are impaired on only one side of their bodies, may benefit from targeted rehab therapy focused on controlling involuntary hand movements, according to a study. German researchers developed a “bimanual therapeutic regimen” for children with the condition that experience mirror movements—where intentionally moving one hand triggers involuntary movement of the other. This regimen involves suppressing and controlling mirror movements to achieve the desired activity. 12 children ages 6-17 participated in the 12-week training regimen. “The major finding of our study was that our approach of targeted bimanual therapy of children with USCP and mirror movement achieved a significant and long-lasting improvement of bimanual performance,” researchers wrote.

Study: Playing Nintendo Wii Video Games Improves Hand Function, Grip Strength in Children with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy

Egyptian researchers suggest that Nintendo Wii video gaming, along with a standard care regimen, may improve grip strength and hand function as well as decrease hand stiffness in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.  Hemiplegic cerebral palsy, affecting up to 30% of people with cerebral palsy, is characterized by paralysis on one side of the body and often impacts the upper limbs and hands. 40 children aged 8-12 participated in the 12-week study, which included 40 minutes of Wii gaming for three days a week, in addition to their usual care. By the end of the study, researchers found that spasticity decreased, power grip and pinch grip strength increased, and hand function increased, compared to the control group.

Robotic Arm Feeds Individuals with Cerebral Palsy

Many people living with cerebral palsy struggle with feeding themselves independently. A new piece of technology, a robotic arm called “Obi,” has been dubbed the “robotic dinner companion.” The arm is a feeding assistance machine operated by only two buttons, enabling users more freedom to feed themselves independently. Though the cost of the device may be prohibitive for some, the Obi is an innovative piece of technology designed to enhance the lifestyle of people with cerebral palsy.

Injectable Dysport Effective in Treating Spasticity in Pediatric Cerebral Palsy Patients, According to Safety Analysis

An analysis of four clinical trials reported that Dysport is a safe and effective treatment for lower limb spasticity in pediatric patients ages two and older. Dysport, an injectable form of botulinum toxin, is currently the only FDA-approved treatment of its kind for these young patients.  The medication reportedly works by inhibiting the transmission of nerve impulses to the muscle, enabling contracted muscles to relax. In individuals with cerebral palsy, the injection may relieve symptoms of spasms, facilitating the execution of daily tasks and improving quality of life.

Study: Upper Limb Exercise System Improves Praxis in Children with Cerebral Palsy

A study published in the Open Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation indicates that children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy may benefit from specialized training using a device to exercise their hands and arms. Researchers used the E-Link Upper Limb Exerciser, an interactive computer system that provides feedback and encouragement after users perform therapeutic activities.  The authors found that the feedback provided by the exerciser helped individuals achieve goals more quickly and increased their motivation. Children involved in the study displayed improved praxis, or their ability to conceptualize, plan, and execute unfamiliar motor movements.

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.

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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