Action Planning and Execution in Children with Cerebral Palsy

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Research in Developmental Disabilities published research on action planning and execution in children with cerebral palsy.  The goal of the study was to determine the differences in anticipatory visual patterns between 13 children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (average age 6.8 years) and 15 typically developing children (average age 5.8 years).  In addition, visuomotor coordination was assessed in the children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

Each child participated in the experimental valid action-planning task, which consisted of initially reaching and grasping an object placed at a fixed position, followed by placing the object in a random target position.  The visual patterns and arm motions of the children were recorded using a head-mounted eye tracker system and motion capture.

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