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Center for Cerebral Palsy Research

Participate in a Study

We are now recruiting participants for a variety of projects to learn about the mechanisms underlying impaired hand function in cerebral palsy, brain plasticity and rehabilitation. We are taking names/info of potential participants so contact us and e-mail the information form if you would like to be considered for any of these projects. All information is kept completely confidential and PARTICIPATION IS FREE!

CIT and HABIT CAMPS are generally held during the school recess. Our next camp will be held from June 24 to July 13, 2018.

We will also be beginning an EARLY TRACKING AND INTERVENTION project where we follow development of hand function from diagnosis until ~18 months of age, and subsequently provide advice and early treatment.

Participation Steps

  1. Download the information form on the contact us page, complete it and e-mail it back to cpresearch@tc.columbia.edu. After reviewing the form, we may contact you to discuss your child in more detail and answer any questions that you may have about the study.

  2. If your child meets the initial study inclusion criteria, we will keep your contact information in our confidential file. The next step is to have a physical evaluation of hand function. Participants from the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) may make a free appointment to be evaluated. If you live out of the immediate area, we may send you a screening form for your child's physical or occupational therapist to complete. These take about a half hour and involve a test of hand function and an interview with you. These are important as they tell us the likelihood that your child will tolerate and benefit from our treatment camps so that we do not waste your time.

  3. If your child meets all of the inclusion criteria after the in-person or PT/OT screening, he/she will be invited to participate in a study.

  4. Children must be evaluated directly prior to the start of an intervention. All evaluations will take place in the Movement Sciences Program laboratories located in Thorndike and Thompson Halls at Teachers College, Columbia University (525 W. 120th St., New York, NY 10027). After evaluation, your child may be randomly assigned to receive either CIT or HABIT.

  5. Intervention Time! This involves 15 days, 9am - 3pm in a day camp setting. Parents are not required to stay during the day.

  6. Post-camp evaluations. Children are immediately tested after treatment, and then six months after the camp. Following the intervention, you will be asked to complete weekly activity logs that outline how many hours per week your child spends practicing with only the involved arm or in bimanual tasks for which both arms are needed. These activity logs will be emailed back to us. After the six-month evaluation, your study obligations are complete although you may feel free to use us a a resource for your child anytime thereafter.