Non-Therapeutic Protocol

SJCIT: Constraint Induced Movement Therapy in a Pediatric Oncology Population

Type of Protocol/Clinical Study

Associated Brain Tumor Studies : CNS malignancies; hemiplegia

Description

Hemiplegia is a neurological impairment which can occur in children as a result of a brain tumor. With hemiplegia, one’s arm is often difficult to use and functional abilities such as performing daily activities are limited. Constraint Induced Therapy (CI) is a rehabilitation technique found to improve children’s abilities to move and use their arms following neurological injuries. The aim of this study is to evaluate the feasibility of a constraint induced movement therapy program in a small group of children with a brain tumor and hemiplegia. The program includes restraining the strong arm and forcing use of the weaker arm during three weeks of occupational therapy treatment. Participants may experience improved ability to use their weak arm.

 

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Eligibility

Only current St. Jude patients are eligible for non-therapeutic studies.

Eligibility Criteria

Principal Investigator

Jessica Sweeney

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