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Speech Production & Perception LabSpeech Production & Perception Lab

Participants Needed


Free Speech Treatment Camp for Children with CP!

We are recruiting children for a fun and interactive speech day-camp for children (all ages) with cerebral palsy. They will learn techniques for improving their speech communication in the context of games, singing, and dramatic play, all in a fun environment full of reasons and opportunities to engage and communicate. Children must use speech as their primary means of communication and have some difficulty being understood. If selected, campers will receive Speech Systems Intelligibility Treatment (SSIT) under the supervision of Prof. Erika Levy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. This treatment involves training of all the subsystems of speech (e.g., breath support, phonation, and articulation) in an interactive setting with the goal of producing speech that is easier to understand.


Children will come to the Speech Production and Perception Laboratory before the camp, as well as following the camp so that we can measure the progress and provide feedback to parents. All participant information is kept completely confidential. SSIT Camp is FREE and FUN!!! SSIT Camp will be held this summer at Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC, from June 30th to July 18th, 2014.


Please see our website at www.tc.columbia.edu/centers/spplab or contact us at cpspeech@tc.columbia.edu or (212) 678-6656.


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Intensive Upper and Lower Extremity Training for Children with Cerebral Palsy

We are currently RECRUITING children with CEREBRAL PALSY between the ages of 4 and 18 YEARS to participate in a study examining the effects of extensive upper and lower extremity training on hand and arm use and lower extremity function (e.g., balance, gait) in children with Cerebral Palsy. This study is performed in a three-week fun day-camp setting with other children at Teachers College, Columbia University located in New York City.

The upper and lower extremity training is a motor-learning based approach to engage children in fun activities necessitating use of both their hands and legs. Our previous studies, where we tested intensive upper limb training in children with hemiplegic CP, have revealed promising results and we wish to apply the same principles to the lower limb function. We are trying to understand efficacy of intensive treatment to both the upper and lower extremities.

We have been providing interventions to children with cerebral palsy since 1997 and more than 160 children have participated (many several times). Emphasis is placed on making it an enjoyable experience for participants. Our group has published extensively on efficacy and best-practice of physical rehabilitation and we are recognized as leaders in the field. Our next camp is weekdays, 9am-3pm, June 25 -- July 11, 2014. Participation is free.

If you are interested or would like more information, and to see other ongoing studies, please visit our website (http://www.tc.edu/centers/cit/) or contact us at 212-678-3332 or mailto:cpresearch@tc.columbia.edu.


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