Postural and Reaching Control Training using Trunk-Support-Trainer (TruST)

Postural and Reaching Control Training using Trunk-Support-Trainer (TruST)

A participant with CP plays with a ball with their trunk stabilized

We are currently recruiting children with bilateral cerebral palsy (BCP) for a FREE study investigating the applicability and differences between an automated Trunk-Support-Trainer (TruST) and a rigid trunk support while your child receives an intensive postural-reaching intervention. In this study, all children will receive the same intervention but will be randomized to either the automated-TruST or rigid trunk support group.

Participants will enrolled on a rolling basis.


Center for Cerebral Palsy Research, Teachers College, Columbia University

Robotics and Rehabilitation Laboratory, Columbia University

Eligibility Criteria

Diagnosis of bilateral cerebral palsy

Between the ages of 6-17 years

Gross Motor Function Classification (GMFCS) level III-IV

Participation will involve:

Twelve 2 hour training sessions (3x/week for 4 weeks)

  • Each session will involve 2 hours of activity and play based training involving both hands, performed while sitting on a bench.
  • Motor learning based training designed to improve balance in sitting while performing various bimanual activities.
  • Segmental trunk support provided by an external device to reinforce seated postural control.
  • Designed as a fun learning experience promoting active participation.

Three assessment timepoints

  • Evaluations of gross motor function, fine motor function and seated postural function will be performed immediately before training begins, 1 week after completion of all training sessions, and at a 3 month follow up.

Interested in participating or want more information?

Call: 212-678-3332


IRB Protocol #: Columbia IRB-AAAS7804

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