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Optimizing Motor Recovery in People with Cerebral Palsy
Despite the fact that cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common pediatric neuromotor disability, there are few effective therapies. Even the most promising therapies only improve a child’s hand and arm function a modest amount. Alarmingly, many of these therapies have been developed without an understanding of the neurobiological underpinnings of a child’s impairments. In this seminar, I will discuss studies we have done to fill gaps in understanding the neurobiology of CP, and how we have leveraged this to design and test new therapies for children and adults with CP. Our therapies utilize non-invasive brain stimulation, intensive hand skill training, and robotic upper limb training. Since CP is a heterogenous disability, we also aim to determine which therapies work best for which people.