Cerebral Palsy incl. Hemiplegia
Cerebral Palsy is a movement condition that affects the brain, nerves and muscles, causing disability. Details of the research projects we are undertaking can be found below:
Our Cerebral Palsy Studies
This study is following the communication development of children who have motor disorders. It will show if it is possible to predict which children will have communication difficulties when they reach school age and how severe those difficulties will be.
This study uses smart phone technology to support Early Speech And Language Therapy for very young children with motor disorders.
eTIPS stands for “Early Therapy in Perinatal Stroke”. With input from therapists and from parents of children who have had a perinatal stroke, we have designed a manual, website and videos to support parents of infants with perinatal stroke.
The FEEDS review (Focus on Early Eating Drinking and Swallowing review) aims to find out about the services currently offered to families of children with eating. drinking and swallowing difficulties by NHS services. The review aims to gather information in order to plan a future study of one or more potentially worthwhile treatments.
FIDELITY is investigating if it is possible to provide therapy to improve the speech intelligibility of children with cerebral palsy via the internet using Skype.
Transition is a 5-year Programme of research looking at how health services can contribute most effectively to the successful transition of young people with complex health needs from childhood to adulthood.
The purpose of this study is to understand the current use of standing frames in children with cerebral palsy in the UK, and to consider how we may design a research trial or trials to develop clinical evidence for standing frame use.
Recently Completed Studies
A trial comparing two forms of play-based therapy to improve upper limb function in children with hemiplegia age 3-10 years.
SPARCLE 1 and 2 were a Study of Participation and Quality of Life of children with Cerebral Palsy living in Europe (Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, England and N. Ireland).