Professor Christina Gunther

Participation Type


College and Major available

Health Science


University Commons

Start Day/Time

4-24-2019 2:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-24-2019 5:00 PM

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Our Poster


Apr 24th, 2:00 PM Apr 24th, 5:00 PM

A Spectrum for Children with Cerebral Palsy in Order to Improve Quality of Life

University Commons

Develop a spectrum that will increase the quality of life in children with Cerebral Palsy (CP). A spectrum is beneficial in order to categorize the severity of symptoms and direct families to specific treatment plans tailored to meet the unique needs and symptoms of each child. Current assessment tools will be amalgamated to develop a CP spectrum. CP is a group of disorders affecting communication, gross motor function, and fine motor movement abilities of an individuals affected. CP is caused by traumatic injury to the developing brain or abnormal brain development during fetal growth. There is no cure; symptom management only. Patient symptom variability makes early detection and intervention difficult. Three assessment tools are currently in use: Communication Function Classification System, Gross Motor Function Classification System, and Manual Abilities Classification System. These assessment tools allow for measurement of motor, communication, and manual ability. These tools were proven to be very beneficial but, after data is extracted, there is a dead end on where measurements go. Since each child with CP is unique, this enables treatment plans to vary. There is a need for coordination of information and care among healthcare providers to alleviate disparities in care and caregiver stress. Currently confirmed by literature, there is a lack of dissemination of knowledge, stress of multiple doctors' appointments, and a lack of protocol for appropriate and adequate treatment. Unfortunately, quality of life varies for CP patients due to a lack of spectrum diagnosis. A spectrum will allow order, direction, efficient communication, and best suited treatments for each unique case of CP.


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