April 24, 2007

US Virgin Islands Cerebral Palsy Lawyers & Health Resource Guide

by Robert D'Iorio

The US Virgin Islands Cerebral Palsy Resource Guide is a directory of resources for individuals and families affected by cerebral palsy. This list was put together by United Cerebral Palsy.

If you would like more information on cerebral palsy please visit our website and as always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me:

E-mail: robert@dioriofirm.com

Phone: (888) 456-4658

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April 11, 2007

Cerebral Palsy and Online Therapy - Upper Limb Training and Assessment Program (ULTrA)

by Robert D'Iorio

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed an experimental system that allows patients with Cerebral Palsy to use the internet to connect with physical therapists and engage in physical therapy (PT) online.

This joint research and movement therapy project called the Upper Limb Training and Assessment Program (ULTrA) is specially designed to aid adults and teens with cerebral palsy that have upper limb and hand impairment. This Program utilizes the Internet and streaming video to allow patients to connect to "virtual trainers" and real-life experts at the U-M motor control lab via their home computer to complete movement based therapy programs. The therapy consists of 40 minute training sessions done five days a week for eight weeks. Additionally, the project collects data to determine how well the in-home therapy is working.

Physical therapy is critical in maintaining and increasing dexterity. Often, however, the demands of everyday life make it difficult to schedule and keep appointments at a PT center, with this new technology patients are able to complete therapy when it is convenient for them directly from their homes.


For more information about ULTrA contact:

Colleen Lewis, Ph. D.
The Division of Kinesiology
University of Michigan
401 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor , MI , 48109-2214
Phone: (734)-763-5829
E-mail: ultra@umich.edu