Burke-Blythedale Pediatric Neuroscience Research Collaboration
Research

You are here

Burke-Blythedale Hemiplegia Clinic

Pediatric Hemiplegia

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!

Intensive Upper Extremity Summer Program

This program has been thoughtfully designed for children who have decreased use of one upper extremity due to hemiparesis or hemiplegia as a result of cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke or other diagnoses. This six-week program is directed and implemented by Blythedale’s occupational therapists and Day Hospital teams, who utilize the concepts of constrained induced and bimanual therapy to help children with weakness and limited use of one arm. A typical day during this program includes a variety of activities such as arts and crafts, sports/playground activities, sensory play, self-care activities, and exercises to strengthen the upper extremity and improve range of motion.

Featured Clinical Trials

CLINICAL TRIAL: 
In-Progress / Currently Recruiting Participants
February 21, 2017
Cerebral Palsy, Motor Recovery

Research Projects

RESEARCH PROJECT: 
In Progress

This study will investigate whether the use of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) will improve the effectiveness of robotic training for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

Technologies

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.

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a non-invasive brain stimulation therapy which uses constant, low current stimulation that is delivered to an area of the brain using electrodes on the head.
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 HAND Robot

Gross motor skills such as reach, grasp and release carried out by hands and arms 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.

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

Team Members