Center for Advanced Technology and Robotic Rehabilitation

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Our New CenterTherapists at our Center for Advanced Technology and Robotic Rehabilitation use the latest technology to help children and teens recover from injuries or disorders that have hindered their motor skills.

The center includes:

  • Robotic assistance
  • Functional electrical stimulation
  • Body-weight support
  • Biofeedback devices for both upper- and lower-extremity movements

This form of therapy can help patients, from age 2 to 21, with a variety of conditions. It helps build function and independence. The technology can fit patients of different sizes, from toddlers to high school football players.

Benefits of Technology-based Therapy

Our physical therapists and occupational therapists use technology to help your child perform important repetitive movements in different ways. This can help children with impairments build strength and coordination. It can also allow our therapists to work with your child on skills he may not be able to perform otherwise.

Our therapists also use computers and sensor controls. This allows them to pace and direct your child’s movement. The technology also tracks your child’s response and provides biofeedback. This promotes motor learning

Research has shown that therapy with repetitive and random patterns helps the brain and spinal cord work together. This helps your child keep a skill he recently learned.

Our therapists also include games and activities into their treatment plans. This helps us keep patients motivated and engaged and deliver the best outcomes possible.

Technology-assisted therapy also:

  • Helps your child perform more repetitions.
  • Promotes communication between the brain and muscles.
  • Gives us another tool to use in our care plan.

Video: Ekso Robotic Exoskeleton

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Learn more about our new Ekso Robotic Exoskeleton, an exoskeletal assisted walking device that uses electronic motors and sensors to aid in body positioning during standing and stepping. Children’s is the first pediatric hospital in the nation to offer this technology.

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The Center for Advanced Technology and Robotic Rehabilitation, located in our Scottish Rite hospital, gives therapists more tools with which to help patients build function and independence. The equipment in the center was specifically chosen to fit children of all sizes and ages, from birth to age 21.

    The team at our center will be able to work with children in both inpatient and outpatient settings. This allows children to work through a continuum of care.

    We are located at 993 Johnson Ferry Road, Building F, Suite 260 B, Atlanta, GA 30342.

    A physician referral is required for treatment. Call 404-785-4908 for more information.


Our Equipment 

Our center includes equipment for various occupational and physical therapy needs. Therapists and physicians at Children's worked together to determine what kinds of equipment would be best for our patients.

The team will create an individualized treatment plan for your child using our wide variety of equipment. Once your child builds certain function on one piece of equipment, he can use others to continue to improve. Our treatment plans will use the ideal movements for your child’s condition. 

The equipment we use includes:

  • AlterG Treadmill—This advanced treadmill can decrease gravity’s effect on your child. This allows him to go through therapy with less stress on his joints and muscles.
  • Bioness H200—This device holds the wrist and allows your child to move his fingers and thumb. It provides electrical stimulation while he works on reaching, grasping and pinching.
  • Bioness L300 and L300 Plus—These leg cuffs provide muscle stimulation to the thigh or lower leg. This helps prevent muscle loss and spasms.
  • Bioness Interactive Therapy System—This touch-screen technology helps with vision, motor control, balance and speech.
  • Bioness Vector—This harness training system is attached to the ceiling. It provides support as patients practice walking or balancing on a flat surface, uneven surfaces like stairs ground or treadmill.
  • Ekso Robotic Exoskeleton—This exoskeletal assisted walking device uses electronic motors and sensors to aid in body positioning during standing and stepping. It allows the patient to take a high number of steps over ground using good form and gives feedback when needed. It can fit patients 5 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall.
  • Galileo Vibration Platform—This platform provides vibration to the arm or leg muscles. It helps to strengthen muscles, improve balance and reduce spasticity.
  • Motomed Gracile—This biking system includes a computerized gaming system. It can be used on upper or lower extremities. It also uses electrical currents to help stimulate nerves.
  • RT200 and RT300—These biking systems can be used on upper or lower extremities to develop function through repetition and biofeedback. They also use electrical currents to help stimulate nerves.
  • RT600—This device provides bodyweight support as patient practices stepping or standing. It provides biofeedback and uses electrical currents to help stimulate nerves as the patient stands in an upright position.
  • Saebo MAS—This device supports the shoulder and elbow and unweights the arm so patients can practice functional skills, like reaching or setting the table.
  • Tyromotion Amadeo—This robotic hand device helps patients with hand and individual finger movement. It can also build strength with different grasping techniques.
  • Tyromotion Diego—This arm system helps patients build function and independence with daily tasks. Patients can strengthen one arm or both at the same time. They also provide augmented feedback.
  • Tyrostation (Pablo and Tymo)—This station allows patients to work on grip strength and forearm movement while training multiple upper-extremity joints. The Tymo adds a component to work on balance and posture control.