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Pediatr Phys Ther. Winter 2016;28(4):483-9. doi: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000317.

Technology for Children With Brain Injury and Motor Disability: Executive Summary From Research Summit IV.

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Department of Physical Therapy (Dr Christy) and UAB Lakeshore Research Collaborative (Dr Rimmer), The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham; Physical Therapy Department (Dr Lobo), University of Delaware, Newark; Seattle Children's Research Institute (Dr Bjornson), Seattle, Washington; Department of Physical Therapy (Dr Dusing), Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond; Shepherd Center (Dr Field-Fote), Atlanta, Georgia; Department of Rehabilitation Sciences (Dr Gannotti), University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut; The Infant Lab (Dr Heathcock), The Ohio State University, Columbus; and Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Department (Dr O'Neil), Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Advances in technology show promise as tools to optimize functional mobility, independence, and participation in infants and children with motor disability due to brain injury. Although technologies are often used in adult rehabilitation, these have not been widely applied to rehabilitation of infants and children. In October 2015, the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy sponsored Research Summit IV, "Innovations in Technology for Children With Brain Insults: Maximizing Outcomes." The summit included pediatric physical therapist researchers, experts from other scientific fields, funding agencies, and consumers. Participants identified challenges in implementing technology in pediatric rehabilitation including accessibility, affordability, managing large data sets, and identifying relevant data elements. Participants identified 4 key areas for technology development: to determine (1) thresholds for learning, (2) appropriate transfer to independence, (3) optimal measurement of subtle changes, and (4) how to adapt to growth and changing abilities.

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