Last week I wrote about Constraint Induced Movement Therapy or CIMT. This photo from the Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association (www.chasa.org) is the best example that I have seen. The […]
3 Steps To Hand Use: Alignment, Awareness and Activation
Babies first explore their hands with their mouth, gradually using them to explore and reach by 3-6 months. Yet even at the stage of independent sitting, a baby can still […]
Good Enough Is Not Good Enough Any More – Function Follows Form In Cerebral Palsy
In the bad old days, a child with cerebral palsy who attained any level of independent function was considered “Good Enough”. Fortunately, times have changed and the standards must be […]
Do You Want Your Child to Walk or to Walk Well?
Neuroplasticity is the good news. Maladaptive habits are the bad. No matter how old your child is, every parent is at the crossroads and the choices you make will affect […]
How Much Does It Hurt? Part 2
Most children and adults with Cerebral Palsy (CP) and Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI) live with chronic pain. The more severe the injury, the earlier the pain onset. I went […]
Can You Stimulate Baby Brain Neuroplasticity?
The baby with an early brain injury recovers during a period of exuberant neuroplasticity. In order to encourage both brain development and recovery, it is important to understand how a […]
How Much Does It Hurt?
Three out of every four children with cerebral palsy and the majority with brachial plexus injury have chronic, moderate to severe pain (Level 7-10). In most cases, the pain relates […]
Will My Child Walk? Are We Doing the Right Therapy?
The ability of a child with cerebral palsy to walk independently or with an aid depends upon which parts of the body are affected [topography] and the severity of the […]
Athetosis, Choreoathetosis & Ataxia – Treat the Common Problem
A proportion of children with neonatal encephalopathy have damage to the brainstem nuclei and/or cerebellar damage. Depending upon the extent and site of damage, the child may have Ataxia, […]
Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy [HIE] or Neonatal Encephalopathy [NE]?
You have heard me argue against using generic terms like Cerebral Palsy as a final diagnosis, so you may be surprised that I am favoring the newer term Neonatal Encephalopathy […]