Balance & Gait Anticipation for Children with Hemiparetic Cerebral Palsy

Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy (HCP) results in an uneven displacement of weight between the legs which has been noted to impact everything from balance to gait, and activities of daily life, including stair climbing and stepping over obstacles. For the first time, using novel approaches, asymmetrical limb loading can serve as a measure to connect standing balance adjustments to a child’s ability to effectively initiate gait whether they have HCP or are typically developing. This project seeks to provide quantitatively robust and impartial results that will improve health outcomes for children with HCP and build a bridge for collaboration and innovation in the future.