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Robot-assisted and computer-enhanced therapies for children with cerebral palsy: current state and clinical implementation


Meyer-Heim, Andreas; van Hedel, Hubertus J A (2013). Robot-assisted and computer-enhanced therapies for children with cerebral palsy: current state and clinical implementation. Seminars in Pediatric Neurology, 20(2):139-145.

Abstract

The field of pediatric neurorehabilitation has rapidly evolved with the introduction of technological advancements over recent years. Rehabilitation robotics and computer-assisted systems can complement conventional physiotherapeutics or occupational therapies. These systems appear promising, especially in children, where exciting and challenging virtual reality scenarios could increase motivation to train intensely in a playful therapeutic environment. Despite promising experience and a large acceptance by the patients and parents, so far, only a few therapy systems have been evaluated in children, and well-designed randomized controlled studies in this field are still lacking. This narrative review aims to provide an overview about the to-date robot-assisted and computer-based therapies and the current level of evidence and to share the authors experience about the clinical implication of these new technologies available for children with cerebral palsy.

Abstract

The field of pediatric neurorehabilitation has rapidly evolved with the introduction of technological advancements over recent years. Rehabilitation robotics and computer-assisted systems can complement conventional physiotherapeutics or occupational therapies. These systems appear promising, especially in children, where exciting and challenging virtual reality scenarios could increase motivation to train intensely in a playful therapeutic environment. Despite promising experience and a large acceptance by the patients and parents, so far, only a few therapy systems have been evaluated in children, and well-designed randomized controlled studies in this field are still lacking. This narrative review aims to provide an overview about the to-date robot-assisted and computer-based therapies and the current level of evidence and to share the authors experience about the clinical implication of these new technologies available for children with cerebral palsy.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English, German
Date:2013
Deposited On:06 Feb 2014 14:08
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:33
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1071-9091
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spen.2013.06.006
PubMed ID:23948688

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