How reaching for toys could change cerebral palsy therapy – Medical Xpress

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Infants who are born early or at low birthweight can be at risk for cerebral palsy, a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture, caused by brain damage often before birth.

The standard of care is early intervention, but that can mean a number of different things, said Stacey Dusing, associate professor and director of the Motor Development Lab. “Intervention tends to be very ‘wait and see:’ monitoring how delayed the kids are,” Dusing said. “We are identifying that this is probably not the best practice for kids.”

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