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Author Picelli, Alessandro ♦ La Marchina, Elisabetta ♦ Vangelista, Antonella ♦ Chemello, Elena ♦ Modenese, Angela ♦ Gandolfi, Marialuisa ♦ Ciceri, Elisa Francesca Maria ♦ Bucci, Alessandra ♦ Zoccatelli, Giada ♦ Saltuari, Leopold ♦ Waldner, Andreas ♦ Baricich, Alessio ♦ Santamato, Andrea ♦ Smania, Nicola
Editor Yao, Jun
Source Hindawi
Content type Text
Publisher Hindawi
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2017
Language English
Abstract On a voluntary basis, 10 adolescents with hemiparesis due to cerebral palsy and 11 neurologically healthy control subjects participated in this proof-of-concept pilot study. The aim was to examine the effects of robot-assisted training for the unaffected arm in patients with hemiparetic cerebral palsy. Baseline comparison between the unaffected arm of the hemiparetic patients with cerebral palsy and the dominant arm of healthy control subjects showed significant differences on the Jebsen-Taylor Hand Function test and action planning ability tests. Within-group comparison after ten 30-minute sessions (five days a week for two consecutive weeks) of robot-assisted training for the unaffected arm showed significant improvements in patients with cerebral palsy on the Jebsen-Taylor Hand Function test (performed at both hands) and action planning ability test (evaluated at the unaffected arm). Our findings are in line with previous evidences of action planning deficits at the unaffected arm in patients with hemiparetic cerebral palsy and support the hypothesis that robot-assisted training for the unaffected arm may be useful to improve manual dexterity and action planning in patients with hemiparesis due to cerebral palsy.
ISSN 09534180
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2017-07-06
Rights License This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
e-ISSN 18758584
Journal Behavioural Neurology
Volume Number 2017
Page Count 8


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