If you answered yes to both questions, we would like to invite your child to participate in a study examining the effects of extensive functional practice on affected hand and arm use and brain plasticity in children with hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy. We will look at what areas of the brain are responsible for recovery after intensive training. Participation is free and scholarships are available to qualifying families!
Friel Lab together with the Center for Cerebral Palsy Research at Teachers College, Columbia University (TC), run an intensive hand training summer camp for children aged between 6-17 years old with hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy. We are trying to understand how the brain responds to intensive movement training (Constraint Induced Movement Therapy and Bimanual Training), with the hope that in the future we can develop new treatments for hemiplegia based on what we learn about the brain in this study.
The next camp will be held from June 24th to July 14th, 2017 at TC. This will be a day camp. There is also some testing that will take place immediately before, immediately after, and 6 months after camp. Participation is free and scholarships are available to assist with transportation and logistics for qualified families.
We encourage you to look for viable housing options as soon as possible, as accommodations tend to fill up pretty quickly over the summer.
If you are thinking of ways to fund your trip to NYC, you may want to consider starting a fundraising campaign on GoFundMe. A few of our previous families have used this as a means to raise money for their trip, even as much as $2000! If you are interested in starting a GoFundMe campaign, please reach out to us via the email addresses provided above and we will provide you with an example on how to start one.
We can’t wait to meet you at camp!