For children with one-sided weakness, the collaborative Hemiplegia Center offers patients an opportunity for a multidisciplinary examination, including consultation with pediatric neurologists and occupational therapists who are familiar with hemiparesis. The team will meet and discuss their recommendations for optimal care with parents. If appropriate, patients and parents will be told about clinical research studies that are ongoing at Burke and Blythedale.

Please click here for information on our Intensive Upper Extremity Summer Program, which runs from July 9 through August 17, 2018

What does the Burke-Blythedale Hemiplegia Center offer?

  • Full assessments for children with hemiplegia.
  • Referrals to therapies and treatments, including physical, occupational, speech, and vision therapies.
  • Treatment of spasticity and joint contractures.
  • Enrollment in cutting-edge clinical research trials, including robotic therapy, intensive hand therapy, and non-invasive brain stimulation.

Center Leadership Team

Jason Carmel, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Motor Recovery Lab, Burke
Kathleen M. Friel, Ph.D.
Director, Cerebral Palsy Research Laboratory, Burke
Julie Knitter, O.T.R.
Director, Occupational Therapy, Blythedale Children's Hospital

Ka Lai Kelly Au, O.T.R.
Senior Occupational Therapist, Blythedale

Sue Morrow, O.T.R.
Senior Occupational Therapist, Blythedale

Talita Campos
Senior Research Assistant

Please click here to download a printable flyer about the Hemiplegia Center.

To find out more about our Hemiplegia Center, schedule an appointment for a clinical assessment, or learn more about our ongoing clinical trials, please contact Administrative Coordinator Lindsey Echevarria.