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CIT and HABIT Summer Camp 2019

June 23, 2019 to July 12, 2019
Published Clinical Trial: 
Teachers College, Columbia University


  • Does your child have hemiplegic cerebral palsy?
  • Is he/she aged between 6 to 17 years?

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!

About the Summer Camp

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 23th to July 12th, 2019 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.

Participation Will Involve
  • Engaging in fun activities using motor-learning based approaches (Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy or Bimanual Training)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to take pictures of the brain.
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to determine parts of the brain involved in hand-use.
    About Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
    TMS uses a brief magnetic field over the scalp by using a wand that looks like a figure 8. The wand can make brief magnetic fields over a series of spots on your child's head to activate the brain cells under the wand. Non-invassive TMS pulses will be used in this study, which is considered minimal risk and tolerable to children. Note: if your child has a recurrent history of seizures after two years of age, he/she might not quality.

Already Participating?

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!


Age Range: 
6 Years to 17 Years
Both (Male and Female)
Healthy Volunteers: 
Inclusion Criteria: 
  1. Willingness to agree to intervention and testing procedures and travel to Columbia University for participation and testing.
Exclusion Criteria: 
  1. Health problems not associated with CP
  2. Uncontrollable seizures
  3. Visual problems that would interfere with carrying out the intervention or testing
  4. Botulinum toxin therapy in the upper extremity musculature during the last six months or who wish to receive it within the period of study


Teachers College, Columbia University


Center for Cerebral Palsy Research, Teachers College, Columbia University, Burke Medical Research Institute

Study Locations

Teachers College, Columbia University
Center for Cerebal Palsy Research
525 W. 120th Street, Box 93
New York, NY 10027