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Title: Modified constraint-induced movement therapy in children with congenital hemiplegic cerebral palsy
Author: Psychouli, Pavlina
ISNI:       0000 0004 2677 9315
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2008
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One new treatment strategy for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (CP) is constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT). CIMT combines restraint of the less affected upper extremity and intensive exercise with the affected limb. CIMT has been shown to be effective in adults following stroke but it is not clear whether or not CIMT can readily be incorporated into clinical practice either with adults or children. An intervention that may be more practical involves the restraint element of CIMT without additional exercise (Forced use therapy-FUT). FUT has been only sparsely investigated, especially in children with CP. Different versions of CIMT protocols have been suggested as being „child-friendly‟ but identifying a practical and effective protocol remains challenging. Part of a child-friendly protocol includes identification of the most appropriate type of constraint, as different splints have been used for different populations without justification of their selection. In this project, the aim was to identify the most appropriate splint from children‟s and parents‟ perspective as reflected by effectiveness and adherence to home-based FUT (feasibility study) and to investigate the functional effects of a modified version of CIMT (mCIMT) (effectiveness study) that was designed based on the findings of the feasibility study. A further aim of the study was to compare the effect of additional functional activities and feedback with constraint alone. Two questions emerged as being important during the course of the project; the first addressed poor recruitment to the effectiveness study and explored parents and therapist‟ views on the practicality and effectiveness of both the classic paediatric protocol and the one suggested by the present study. The second was to provide insight into the physiological effects of CIMT or other treatments that might explain variations in response. In this study a test using the lateralised readiness potential (LRP) component of the EEG that was appropriate for young children was developed and evaluated with a small sample of unimpaired children and children with CP.
Supervisor: Burridge, Jane ; Kennedy, Colin ; Ashburn, Ann ; Hogan, Alexandra Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry ; RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology ; RJ Pediatrics