Early Therapy

We are researchers in the Developmental Neuroscience Group at Newcastle University's Institute of Neuroscience.

We are interested in therapies which can help children with hemiplegia to improve their hand function.

Hemiplegic cerebral palsy affects around 12,000 children in the UK.  It often leads to difficulties with bimanual tasks and can severely impair independence, since many activities of daily living require skillful bimanual dexterity.

Our aim is to evaluate simple, effective, home-delivered, play-based interventions to improve hand function in hemiplegic cerebral palsy, which could easily be incorporated into the everyday life of a family.

Anna Basu, Janice Pearse, Blythe Wright, Jessica Baggaley and Rose Watson at the GNCRC conference, The Sage, Newcastle/Gateshead, 2017