Burke-Blythedale Hemiplegia Center

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Burke-Blythedale Hemiplegia Center

Applying Neuroscience Advances to Children with Hemiplegia

The Burke-Blythedale Hemiplegia Center is a multidisciplinary center where children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy can receive expert medical care and participate in state-of-the-art rehabilitation research.

For children with one-sided weakness, this collaborative Hemiplegia Clinic offers patients an opportunity for a multidisciplinary examination, including consultation with pediatric neurologists and occupational therapists who are familiar with hemiparesis. The team will meet and discuss their recommendations for optimal care with parents. If appropriate, patients and parents will be told about clinical research studies that are ongoing at Burke and Blythedale.

What does the Burke-Blythedale Hemiplegia Center offer?

  • Full assessments for children with hemiplegia.
  • Referrals to therapies and treatments, including physical, occupational, speech, and vision therapies.
  • Treatment of spasticity and joint contractures.
  • Enrollment in cutting-edge clinical research trials, including robotic therapy, intensive hand therapy, and non-invasive brain stimulation. 

What is it like to participate in our research?

  • Take a tour of our lab and hear what kids have to say in the video introduction below.
  • Contact us for clinical trials and evaluations.

For Kids!


InMotion Planar Robot

Gross motor skills such as reach and rotation of the elbow and shoulder carried out by the arm are essential for everyday tasks.

InMotion WRIST Robot

Vital to carry out everyday tasks, the wrist plays a pivotal role in assisting the hand and arm by accomplishing a variety of rotations with respect to the elbow to perform gross motor and fine motor movements.

InMotion HAND Robot

Gross motor skills such as reach, grasp and release carried out by hands and arms are essential for everyday tasks.

Dr. Edwards performing TMS

Transcranial means ‘through your head’, magnetic means there is a magnet in the machine, and stimulation means the magnet gives your brain a short bit of energy.

We want to take a picture of your brain. We do this using a machine called an MRI. MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Friel Lab video: an introduction to our research