About Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is one of the most common congenital (existing at or before birth) disorders of childhood. About 500,000 children in the United States have the condition.
The three types of CP are:
- spastic cerebral palsy — causes stiffness and movement difficulties
- athetoid cerebral palsy — leads to involuntary and uncontrolled movements
- ataxic cerebral palsy — causes a problem with balance and depth perception
Amazing Physical Therapy For People With Cerebral Palsy
After waxing fondly over the potential of active video games for physical therapy, a group of students at Rice University (known collectively as Helping Hands) have developed their own controller/game designed specifically to perform physical rehabilitation. This device, known as the Dino-Might, is used for people with cerebral palsy and have undergone surgery for spastic wrist flexion deformity. Due to the rather difficult recovery, the student research team designed a controller that could aid in strength training, gauge the strength/motion of different parts of the hand, and (just to be awesome) allow those movements to control an on screen dinosaur avatar.