New technologies for management of dystonia and choreoathetosis in dyskinetic cerebral palsy
This doctorate is part of a new research line within the research group Rehabilitation Sciences Campus Brugge. Dystonia and choreoathetosis are complex movement disorders and are dominant in dyskinetic cerebral palsy (DCP). Medical treatment is difficult and rehabilitation strategies are typically multidisciplinary. The majority of people with DCP have little fine motor capabilities. This leads to an inability to control an electric wheelchair with conventional joysticks or control the cursor with computer mouse. As a result, people with such limitations feel trapped in their own body. However, head / foot movements are better controlled than hand movements. And also eye control can offer opportunities for computer use. The aim of this doctorate is to explore and implement new technologies in the rehabilitation and management of dystonia and choreoathetosis in the DCP population.