Robotic Assistance Devices Help Pediatric CP Patients

Most people can reach for a cup of coffee that they are not looking at and successfully bring it to their mouths. But for people with cerebral palsy who have hemiplegia, that proprioceptive skill is missing. They may not reach the cup at all, or if they do grasp it with the involved arm, they may end up tipping the cup over. Moreover, the lack of control on the affected side often gets progressively worse as these patients learn to favor the dominant side. To improve that scenario in hemiplegic children with cerebral palsy, clinical investigators are teaming up with engineers to devise robotic assistance devices to “retrain their brains,” with the goal of enhancing function on the involved side of the body.

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Weinberg CP Center & UCP of NYC Host One-Day Conference

In May, the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center at Columbia University and UCP of NYC held a one-day conference dedicated to an in-depth examination of the environmental, physical, and communication challenges that accompany Cerebral Palsy (CP) and complex care patients into adulthood. Attendees included medical and surgical specialists, medical students, residents, physical and occupational therapists, patients, family members, and caregivers.

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Drs. David Roye and Joseph Dutkowsky Host Bassett-Columbia Symposium on Cerebral Palsy

The October 30th Bassett-Columbia Symposium on Cerebral Palsy featured Drs. David P. Roye, Jr. and Joseph Dutkowsky along with a faculty of educators, special ed teachers, developmentalists, physicians and surgeons. The symposium was focused on the effects of Cerebral Palsy on the individual and family – highlighting education.

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