Due to fine motor skill impairments, performing everyday tasks such as teeth brushing can be difficult for people with cerebral palsy. However, according to a new study published in the journal Special Care in Dentistry, cerebral palsy patients may improve their oral health with a customized toothbrush that features a redesigned handle and brush head. Researchers point out that oral health is the “most unattended health need” of children with special needs.
In the study, 30 patients ranging from age 6 to 18 were divided into two groups—one group used a regular toothbrush and the other group used a customized toothbrush with finger imprints on the handle and a modified brush head. After three weeks, researchers found that the participants in the modified toothbrush group showed a significant improvement in plaque removal and decrease in gum inflammation. The authors also noted that the patients using the customized toothbrushes were able to brush their teeth without any assistance from a caregiver.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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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!”Success of Achilles Tendon Lengthening (ATL) Surgery May be Predicted by Gait Analysis, Study Finds
Achilles tendon lengthening (ATL) surgery is designed to stretch the Achilles tendon to allow an individual to walk with flat feet, correcting “tiptoe walking” commonly seen in individuals with cerebral palsy. In a retrospective study published in the European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, researchers analyzed the gait of 18 children with spastic cerebral palsy who had undergone ATL surgery to look for predictors of surgery success and strategize ways to minimize the negative consequences associated with the procedure—such as overcorrection that may lead to walking impairments. By analyzing the children’s gait, researchers found that 75% of children experienced overcorrection after ATL surgery due to increased knee flexion-extension. The findings suggest that an extensive analysis should be performed for each child prior to surgery to determine the most likely outcome of ATL surgery.
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A recent study published in the journal Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology has shown that when walking, children with moderate-to-severe spastic cerebral palsy experience increased lower leg muscle fatigue compared to children without the condition. Researchers analyzed 13 children with spastic cerebral palsy and 14 children with no motor impairments in a five minute walking test, which measured distance and average walking speed. Electrodes placed over certain groups of leg muscles allowed the researchers to observe muscle fatigue. “In these lower leg muscles, children with [cerebral palsy] show more signs of muscle fatigue than typically developing peers,” researchers wrote. This research was the first to address the impact of muscle fatigue on patients’ ability to walk.
If your child is affected by cerebral palsy as a result of malpractice, call us at 877-262-9767 to discuss your situation.New Test Measures Functional Strength in Children with Cerebral Palsy
A recent study published in the journal Developmental Neurorehabilitation found that a new version of the functional strength measurement (FSM) test is a reliable way of measuring functional strength in children with cerebral palsy. The new FSM-CP test measures functional strength in the lower and upper extremities—muscles that have the largest impact on motor function. 37 children with cerebral palsy, ages 4-10, participated in the study. Instead of the original FSM test, which evaluates eight activities that children commonly do, the FSM-CP test was modified and adapted to develop a new standardized protocol for cerebral palsy patients. Patients with cerebral palsy often have impairments in movement, and functional strength analysis allows physicians to determine the level of impairment a child faces when doing everyday activities, such as independent walking.
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.
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.
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