More Q&A With Professor Iona Novak

Tue 31 Aug 2021

Question: Have there been many advances as far as tools like cooking, getting dressed and your day-to-day activities for someone with cerebral palsy?

Iona's Answer: Yes, there are a number of contemporary evidence-based interventions that help people with cerebral palsy learn to do everyday tasks such as cooking and getting dressed. We are in the process of publishing and International Clinical Practice Guideline that describes these interventions in detail and how to choose and use them.

We found, therapy interventions for children and young people with cerebral palsy (CP) have evolved dramatically over the past 20 years. This evolution has seen a change from a focus on addressing underlying impairments, to focussing directly on what is important to the individual.

Interventions that aim to improve function (such as cooking and dressing) are therapeutic approaches in which the person actively practices the goal or task they wish to achieve (known as “goal-directed” or “task-based” or “whole task practice” approaches). These interventions encompass alike principles in which individual goals are set, and the goal is actively practiced by the individual until the goal or desired outcome is achieved. Examples of specific effective interventions that would help a person learn to cook or getting dressed include: Bimanual Training; Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT); Cognitive Orientation to Occupational Performance (CO-OP); Context Therapy; Goal Directed Training; Goal Directed Motor Coaching; Goal Directed Home Programs; and Hand Arm Bimanual Intensive Training Including Lower Extremity (HABIT-ILE).

Tue 16 Jul 2024

By Kim Greene Season of Confirmation With his affirmative comment and now wondering if indeed I had a neurological issue, I googled what I knew about my history. I knew that I had been adopted and born eight weeks early and had to be kept in the hospital until I was stable and weighed more […]

Wed 10 Jul 2024

A green background with black rectangle across the bottom. In the left are the colors of the disability pride flag to the right white text reads "Hosted by" the the CPARF and CVI logos. Above, text in dark grey reads: CP & CVI Now: A Community Discussion followed by July 25, 2024 from 5:30-6:30 pm ET.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation (CPARF) and CVI Now (part of the CVI Center at Perkins School for the Blind) are hosting a joint event on Thursday, July 25 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm ET. Launching CPARF’s new “CP &…” series, the event will dive deep into the connections between cerebral palsy (CP) and […]