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Study seeks toddlers and infants who have had a stroke

From: Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC

Who is eligible?

Your infant or toddler may be eligible if he or she:

  • Had a stroke very early in life
  • Shows motor weakness or poor control of movements on one side of the body (hemparesis)
  • Will be between 8 and 24 months old when treatment is received

What therapy is being offered?

I-ACQUIRE a form of infant and toddler rehabilitation, is being evaluated (in 2 amounts) compared to typical treatments for infants and toddlers with hemiparesis, such as one hour weekly each of occupational therapy and physical therapy. Both forms of I-ACQUIRE involve therapy 5 days a week for 4 weeks in a row, provided by a therapist trained in I-ACQUIRE – the name of this form of constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT).

Therapy Groups:

Participants will be in 1 of 3 groups:

  • Group 1: I-ACQUIRE 6 hours daily, 5 days per week for 4 weeks.
  • Group 2: I-ACQUIRE 3 hours daily, 5 days per week for 4 weeks.
  • Group 3: Continue current therapy. (6 months later participants in this group will have the choice to receive I-ACQUIRE therapy with the amount of 3 or 6 hours per day assigned by the study).

How can I find out more?

We hope you will consider participating in the study. The findings will be helpful to doctors, therapists, and families. The treatment may benefit your child, but it is possible some children will benefit more than others and some may not show benefits.

To learn more about the I-ACQUIRE study, please contact us. We would love to answer your questions!

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