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Center for Cerebral Palsy Research
Welcome to the Center for Cerebral Palsy Research!
The Center for Cerebral Palsy Research was founded in 1996 and is committed to understanding the mechanisms underlying the symptoms of cerebral palsy and developing evidence-based treatment approaches targeting these symptoms. The Center is a non-profit organization located at Teachers College, Columbia University, a leading institution of Education, Health and Psychology. Our Center is committed to improving the lives of children with cerebral palsy through research. These include both speech and motor disorders associated with CP.
Constraint-Induced Therapy (CIT)
We use a child-friendly form of CIT for children with hemiplegia. CIT involves restraint of the non-involved extremity and structured practice with the more affected extremity.
Hand-Arm Bimanual Intensive Therapy (HABIT)
HABIT for children with hemiplegia is a new intervention developed at Columbia University. HABIT aims to improve the use and coordination of both arms in daily function.
Lower Extremity Training
We have recently expanded our research to include rehabilitation of both the upper and lower extremities in children with hemiplegia with great success.
Children with dysarthria are under-represented in speech intervention research. Descriptive/observational studies have suggested improvement of speech production with intervention, when a holistic approach involving breath support and prosody is utilized.
Following on our successful results of HABIT in children with congenital hemiplegia (CP), we recently received some seed money from the Brain Recovery Project to study bimanual training in children who have undergone a hemispherectomy.
Impaired hand function is one of the most disabling symptoms of hemiplegic cerebral palsy, affecting self-care activities such as feeding, dressing, and grooming. We have been studying the mechanisms underlying the impaired hand function in cerebral palsy since 1991. Based on this knowledge, we developed and began studying the efficacy of intensive rehabilitation techniques in 1997 and more than 250 children have participated. Presently we are testing the efficacy of two cutting-edge interventions, Constraint-Induced Therapy (CIT) and Hand-Arm Bimanual Intensive Therapy (HABIT), on involved hand and arm function in children with hemiplegia. We are also collaborating on a robotic assistive hand training project. We are hopeful that these interventions will improve hand function in children with hemiplegia. We have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, United Cerebral Palsy Research & Education Foundation, the Thrasher Research Fund and the generous donations of people who share our hope.
CIT and HABIT CAMPS are generally held during school recess. Our next camp will be from June 24 - July 13, 2018. We are currently recruiting potential participants so contact us now if you would like to be considered for any of these projects. Participation is free and will help aid our understanding of the optimal ingredients and dosage of successful rehabilitation with the hope that this information will improve rehabilitation services for all children with cerebral palsy.
Director: Andrew Gordon, Ph.D.
Phone: (212) 678-3332
Fax: (212) 678-3332