Case studies

Video games help children with celebral palsy


A team of experts working at Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals and the NHS Foundation Trust have designed a series of video games designed to increase children’s motor skills.

The Limbs Alive project uses new technology to help children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy to use both their hands rather than favouring their stronger side.

Children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy tend to learn strategies and techniques to manage tasks with one hand even if there is only mild impairment in the affected limb.

As they grow older, these children increasingly neglect the impaired hand, but if this is addressed early enough – by increasing use of the affected arm – the impairment becomes preventable or even reversible.