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

dc.contributor.advisorKey, Alexandra F.
dc.contributor.authorAschner, Amir
dc.contributor.authorMaitre, Nathalie L.
dc.descriptionExamined 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.abstractFew 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.sponsorshipThesis 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.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.subjectConstraint Induced Movement Therapyen_US
dc.subjectHemiparetic Cerebral Palsyen_US
dc.subject.lcshCerebral palsy -- Treatmenten_US
dc.subject.lcshConstraint-induced movement therapyen_US
dc.titleImpact of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy on Brain Function in Children with Cerebral Palsyen_US
dc.title.alternativeCIMT impact on the brainen_US
dc.description.schoolVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.description.departmentPsychological Sciencesen_US

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