This research program is currently being conducted in collaboration with the ROAR lab at Columbia University. It involves intensive bimanual training of the upper extremities while providing segmental trunk support in sitting, designed specifically for children with bilateral cerebral palsy who have difficulty sitting independently. Adapted from the TruST training protocol developed at the ROAR lab at Columbia University, this protocol uses a mechanical device to provide segmental trunk support, while children perform various bimanual activities. The training program incorporates the principles of motor learning like intensive practice, goal-directed activities and skill progression. The training is highly individualized with flexible hours, making it easy to fit within a functioning school year.
Our center will be collaborating with the the Robotics And Rehabilitation (RoAR) Lab on a trunk robotic training protocol for children with cerebral palsy. This RoAR lab is focused on developing innovative robots and methods to help humans relearn, restore, or improve functional movements. It is housed both in Engineering and Medical campuses of Columbia University. Led by Dr. Sunil Agrawal, the lab works actively with clinical faculty from Columbia University Medical Center and hospitals around New York City.