Yannick Bleyenheuft, Belgium
Professor at the Institute of Neuroscience, Université catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium.
Honorary attached to the Center for Cerebral Palsy Research of the Teachers College, Columbia University, NY, USA
Hand and Arm Bimanual Intensive Therapy Including Lower Extremities has gained a growing interest since its development in 2011.
This motor-skill learning based intervention uses functional goals defined by the children and their parents to promote autonomy and participation. Its effectiveness has been demonstrated in children with both unilateral and with bilateral CP, and the observed functional improvements have shown a link to neuroplastic changes. This keynote will focus on the key principles of HABIT-ILE, the improvements obtained in different subgroups of children with CP at the level of motor and non-motor functions, and the changes induced in autonomy and social participation.