Training Activities

T3

Online Training Course: "Rehabilitation technologies for children with orthopedic disabilities: Research & development and applications in clinical practice"

The goal of this training activity is to create an on-line resource tool with comprehensive and up-to-date information that will provide relevant and accurate information on technologies for children with orthopedic disabilities to a broad range of researchers and clinicians. The course will be organized around four central themes:

  • Introduction to pediatric orthopedic rehabilitation;
  • Technologies for pediatric orthopedic rehabilitation in clinical practice;
  • Research and development of technologies for children with orthopedic disabilities;
  • and Translational studies to benefit children with orthopedic disabilities.

Lecture Overview

Pediatric Sensorimotor Dysfunctions

Cerebral Palsy is the most common physical disability of childhood. Children with cerebral palsy (CP) have multiple sensorimotor deficits that impact development and daily function. These deficits can be identified and measured as well as modified with new neural rehabilitation techniques and therapies. This lecture reviews the primary and secondary deficits of this motor disorder utilizing the NIH Childhood Motor Taskforce definitions. In addition a combination of co-morbidities may alter or affect the ultimate outcome for the child with CP including cognition, epilepsy, behavioral and sensory deficits. Strengthening, decreasing spasticity and improving range of motion can be accomplished with robotic training and are core therapeutic goals in the management of children with CP. The use of technology provides a motivating, stimulating play environment that captures the child's interest and enhances motor learning through repetitive practice.