CHAMP: Pediatric Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy and Hemiparesis
What is the purpose of this study?
CHAMP: Children with Hemiparesis Hand and Arm Project is a study that will test the effects of different features of a new type of pediatric therapy for children who have cerebral palsy and hemiparesis. This new form of therapy is known as Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT).
Who can participate in this study?
Your child can participate if he or she:
Has neuromotor impairment that affects one side of the body more than the other
Is between two (2) and eight (8) years old (up to the child's 9th birthday)
Has cerebral palsy or an acquired brain injury prior to the age of two (2)
Is able to follow simple directions
Is able to participate in four weeks of therapy
Lives within one hour of OSU Wexner Medical Center
You will also need to be willing to observe therapy at least once a week during the four-week treatment period. You will need to agree to bring your child in for follow-up assessments one week after the treatment is completed, and then again six (6) months later and 12 months later.
What will happen during this study?
The CHAMP Study will compare different types of constraint induced movement therapy.
All of the treatments will be provided in the home or in the natural environment preferred by the parents, and at no cost to all eligible children.
Parents will receive information about how they can help their child at home by building on the new therapy techniques.
The therapy will be provided by highly qualified, licensed therapists
Some children will be assigned to a group where they will not receive the therapy but they will be eligible to receive the therapy in 6 months.
Who can I contact for more information?
For more details, please contact Christopher Brown at (614) 688-2081 or Christopher.Brown@OSUMC.edu or contact Dr. Andrew Persch at Andrew.Persch@OSUMC.edu.