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Impact of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy on Brain Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy

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dc.contributor.advisor Key, Alexandra F.
dc.contributor.author Aschner, Amir
dc.contributor.author Maitre, Nathalie L.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-02T18:07:58Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-02T18:07:58Z
dc.date.issued 2012-03-29
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/5060
dc.description Examined the effects of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy on sensory-motor and sensory-perceptual domains as well as speech and language processing. Requirement of PSY 296b - Honors Research, taught by Professor Megan Saylor. en_US
dc.description.abstract Few studies have examined the effects of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) in children or its effects beyond sensory-motor domains. Evidence from adult populations suggests that CIMT is linked with cortical restructuring and could have effects on speech, language deficits, and sensory-perceptual processes, domains typically affected by cerebral palsy (CP). Using a five-day camp model, CIMT effects were tested on children age 5-12 with CP using behavioral measures and two event-related potential (ERP) paradigms –speech sound perception and picture-word matching. Data were collected at baseline, immediately after treatment, and 6 months after the camp. We found that paretic limb function improved after CIMT, and ERP waveform patters changed significantly to reflect faster processing and improved organization. These changes persisted at 6 months follow-up. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences Under the Direction of Dr. Alexandra F. Key. Dr. Nathalie Maitre collaborated. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.subject Constraint Induced Movement Therapy en_US
dc.subject Children en_US
dc.subject Hemiparetic Cerebral Palsy en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Neurosciences en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Cerebral palsy -- Treatment en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Constraint-induced movement therapy en_US
dc.title Impact of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy on Brain Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy en_US
dc.title.alternative CIMT impact on the brain en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.school Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.description.department Psychological Sciences en_US


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