Therapists at our Center for Advanced Technology and Robotic Rehabilitation will use the latest technology to help children and teens recover from injuries or disorders that have hindered their motor skills.
The center will include:
- 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 birth to age 21, with a variety of conditions. It helps build function and independence. The technology will fit patients of all sizes, from toddlers to high school football players.
The team at our center, located in our Scottish Rite hospital, will be able to work with children in both inpatient and outpatient settings. This allows children to work through a continuum of care.
Benefits of Technology-based Therapy
Our physical therapists and occupational therapists will be able to 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 will also use computers and sensor controls. This allows them to pace and direct your child’s movement. The technology we will use 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 will 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.