Hemiplegia Program

Summer Intensive Upper Extremity Program
In children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy, we test hand skill and brain function before and after intensive hand therapy.  In 2015, we measured six children, and in 2016, we measured eleven children.

tDCS & Robotics

We combine robotic upper-limb therapy with a non-invasive brain stimulation technique called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). Robotic therapy enables children to repeat goal-directed movements in a highly controlled, enjoyable setting. tDCS is believed to "prime” brain circuits that control arm and hand movements to make robotic therapy more effective.  

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Must be between the ages of 6 – 17 years old
  2. Impaired function of one hand (hemiplegia)

For more information, please contact Talita Campos, (914) 592-7555 ext. 71385,  or clinicaltrials@blythedale.org

Vision Recovery Program

Visual Assessment in Brain Injured Children
We have created a computer-based system that measures vision using a portable computer and an eye tracker. We use this system to determine thresholds of visual ability, which has been difficulty in children with low vision due to brain injury. 
Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Brain injury that might produce vision problems
  2. Able to follow an object smoothly with eyes 

For more information, please contact: Scott Mooney, Ph.D. at scm2011@med.cornell.edu


Cognitive Recovery Program

Neurophysiological Studies of Cognitive Function After Severe Brain Injury
Following severe Traumatic Brain Injury, it is difficult to assess neurological function and it is nearly impossible to predict recovery. We have created a system that uses to measure brain responses in children with disordered consciousness or confusion following all different kinds of brain injuries in order to better assess neurological function. 
Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Brain injury with resulting impairment in arousal or thinking.

For more information, please contact Sophie Nowak, B.A. at (914) 592-7555, ext. 71383 or snowak@blythedale.org