Once the wrist and hand is either able to maintain alignment or is supported in alignment, the next step is to increase the child’s awareness of the hand. This girl […]
Neuroplasticity and Hands: Doing The Right Thing, At The Right Time, and In The Right Order
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Spastic Diplegia – Cure For Some, Improvement For All
Spastic Diplegia is the most common form of cerebral palsy in children who have been born early. Every once in awhile, a child is born at term and develops typical, […]
Too Little, Too Late
My last post for parents whose child had been treated in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) asked, “What were they told about their babies brain hemorrhage or PVL?” https://www.karenpapemd.com//index.php/when-was-your-child-diagnosed-with-cp/ […]
“Lost Time is Never Found Again” Benjamin Franklin
The way pediatric neurorehabilitation is provided to children with cerebral palsy is problematic in light of current knowledge of neuroplasticity. The maximum intensity of therapy is given in the middle […]
Impossible for the Child, Possible for an Adult
In the early years of life, we often have to wait for the brain and the body to mature. I think of it as a delay for development, not a […]
Stem Cell Therapy? It May Be Closer Than You Think
There has been a lot of confused talk about whether or not stem cells may be a potential cure for children with early brain injury. This is a terrific talk […]
Quick Fixes – Take Your Therapist’s Hands Home with You.
For many children with quadriplegia or marked muscle weakness, one pair of hands is often not enough to help the child move well. A compressive garment is a Quick Fix. […]