Research on Constraint Induced Therapy in Children With Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy


A recent therapeutic intervention involving restraint of the non-involved arm and intensive use of the involved arm, "Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy", (CIT) has been proven to be effective reducing movement deficits in the involved arm and increasing functional independence in adults with hemiplegia following a stroke. We are currently conducting a study to examine the effects of this intervention on the use of the involved hand and arm in children with hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy. This study is being conducted in the Biobehavioral Sciences Department of Teachers College, Columbia University by Andrew Gordon, Ph.D.


We are currently RECRUITING children with HEMIPLEGIC CEREBRAL PALSY between the ages of 4-16 YEARS to participate in a study that will test the effects of Constraint-Induced Therapy on affected hand and arm use in children with hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy. Since the study will be conducted in New York City, travel to the city will be necessary. If your child does not use the involved hand in many activities and you would like him/her to be a participant in the study, please contact Jeanne Charles.


Project Director: JEANNE CHARLES, MSW PT
PHONE: 212-678-3332 EMAIL:



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