Study: Improving Hand Function in Kids with Cerebral Palsy Hemiplegia

Research Participants Needed!

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children is committed to helping children with hemiparesis and cerebral palsy hemiplegia (weakness and/or paralysis on one side of the body from brain injury or neurological impairment) improve motor function and gain independence. We accomplish this through effective treatment approaches, research, and state-of-the-art technology.

St. Mary’s is conducting a study in conjunction with the region’s leading rehabilitation hospitals at our Bayside facility to evaluate the effectiveness of using new technology (Armeo©Spring Pediatric) along with the well-established treatment approach, Constraint Induced Therapy (CIT), for improving hand function in children.

We are recruiting participants to engage in a 3-week intensive therapy program in July 2016.

The Program

Participants will be tested before, immediately after, and 6 months after the intensive hand training program.

These tests include three hand function tests and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.

Participants will be required to have an outside test – an MRI scan of the brain at no cost to the family.

During this intensive program, constraint therapy is used to restrain a child’s unaffected arm in a sling, encouraging him or her to use the weaker hand while playing in  kid-friendly and engaging exercises.  Children participate in functional and play activities such as:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Board games
  • Playground time
  • Self-care tasks (dressing and grooming)

The child will also engage in activities using new technology with computer games that have been designed to improve hand strength and function.

The 3-week program runs Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm. Children bring their own lunch. Snacks and drinks will be provided daily. Transportation is not included.


This study may be an option if your child is:

  • Between the ages of 7 and 17 years
  • Has cerebral palsy hemiplegia/hemiparesis
  • Able to follow commands


The program will be held on the main campus of St Mary’s Hospital for Children.
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29-01 216th Street
Bayside, NY 11360

Our Team

The 3-week therapy study is led by a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians:

  • Neuropsychologist (PhD)
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist


There is no charge to participate in this program and your insurance will not be billed.  Any outside tests (i.e., MRI) will be paid for by the program. Parents are responsible for sending lunch for the three weeks of the program and for providing transportation to and from the center.

To Apply

If interested in having your child participate in this study, please complete this brief form. Space is limited. Questions may be directed to Joy Eribo at 718-281-8552.