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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.

Study: Intensive Physical Therapy Helps Promote Motor Skills in Children with Cerebral Palsy

A recent study published in the journal Physical & Occupational Therapy In Pediatrics evaluated associations between physical therapy and gross motor progress in children with cerebral palsy. 442 Norwegian children participating in the study underwent either three or more sessions of physical therapy per week, or joined a similar intensive physical therapy program. Researchers found that intensive training enhanced progress on gross motor function during the study period and that progress was dependent on the number of training periods.

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.”

Phone App Designed to Screen Newborns for Cerebral Palsy in Trial Phase

Phone App Designed to Screen Newborns for Cerebral Palsy in Trial Phase

A new app developed in Australia aims to use body movement to assess babies at risk for cerebral palsy. The app is being tried on 250 premature babies born before 28 weeks or weighing less than 2.2 pounds.

Parents can upload a three-minute video to the app of their baby lying down, which is then analyzed by experts for “fluidity and complexity of movements.” The quality of movements provides professionals with insight into the baby’s central nervous system.

Using the app, experts may be able to diagnose cerebral palsy as early as six months of age—over a year earlier than traditionally diagnosed. Early intervention is crucial, researchers say, to rewire the brain. If intervention is delayed until the baby is one or two years old, the brain may already be wired in a way that is not ideal for fluid muscle function. “We want to get in early to encourage the brain and muscles to develop as well as they can, and to change their trajectory so they’ll have better functions,” said app developer Alicia Spittle.

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.

After Years behind a Walker, Young Boy is Finally Able to Walk on His Own

After Years behind a Walker, Young Boy is Finally Able to Walk on His Own

Five-year old David is an avid sports fan—he loves to play baseball and golf and enjoys watching hockey. David has cerebral palsy, and uses a walker to help him play all his favorite sports, but his doctors are hoping that one day soon he may be able to run to the next base or walk to the next putting green unassisted. Last year, doctors at Women and Children’s Hospital in New York successfully performed spinal surgery on David, freeing up his leg muscles to help him walk by himself. “He really is the prime candidate for something like this and I expect him to do very well,” his doctor said of David’s prognosis. David continues to receive intense physical therapy to help strengthen his leg and core muscles, but says he “feels free” now that he can do the unimaginable: walk on his own.

Boy with Cerebral Palsy Dons Stellar Halloween Costume

Boy with Cerebral Palsy Dons Stellar Halloween Costume

Five-year old Sebastian received more than just candy this past Halloween when he went out trick-or-treating—his Star Wars-themed costume made headlines, and was likely the envy of several children on his block. Sebastian has cerebral palsy, and requires a walker to move around, which has made it tricky for his mother Chantelle to make his Halloween costumes every year. But this year, Sebastian channeled his inner Hans Solo as he rode his walker, transformed into the Millenium Falcon, up and down his neighborhood.

Grocery Shopping Made Easier for Mother of Daughter with Cerebral Palsy

Grocery Shopping Made Easier for Mother of Daughter with Cerebral Palsy

For parents of children with special needs, everyday tasks often require an enormous amount of effort. Transportation to therapy sessions, medical care facilities, and running errands may be even more challenging if facilities aren’t accessible. For one mother, however, the task of going to the grocery store just became a lot easier. Beatrice Leach was born premature, and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 8 months. Her local grocer noticed how difficult it was for her mother Melody to navigate the store with a cart and wheelchair, so the regional manager ordered a special “Princess Chair” called Beatrice’s Cart, to better accommodate Beatrice and the food her mother shops for—which is now available for any parent to use whose child has special needs.

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