Robotic Rehabilitation Center for Kids Aims to Improve Motor Function

Most of the documentation to date on robotic-assisted physical therapy has been done on adults recovering from strokes. Little research has been done in pediatrics. A new pediatric robotic center based in Indianapolis, Indiana aims to change this.  Pauline Flesch, PT, MPS, Director of Clarian Health Rehabilitation Systems and Ryan Cardinal, DPT share details about a new Robotic Rehabilitation Center at the Riley Hospital for Children in this week’s podcast.

The Robotic Rehabilitation Center is a collaborative effort between Riley Hospitals, Clarian Health Rehabilitation Services and the Indiana University Department of Physical Therapy.   The center opened in September 2010 and utilizes two robots to assist children with cerebral palsy with both lower and upper mobility.  Funding from organizations like Robots to the Rescue helped make the center possible.   Listen now to find out more about their preliminary research findings and how this state-of-the-art care center is making a difference in the lives of children with special needs.

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  1. Posted December 5, 2010 at 4:55 am | Permalink

    The HandTutor system is a glove and biofeedback software used for upper limb hand rehabilitation. The HandTutor is used in hospital clinic, community and the homecare environment. The system is windows based and the home care patient can be supported by remote treatment sessions given by the Physical/ Occupational therapist.
    Physios and occupational therapists can join a rewards program that will allow them to receive free HandTutor gloves and training.

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