Cognitive-based task training after deep brain stimulation improves function in movement disorders

Takeaway

  • Deep brain stimulation in combination with Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance Approach (CO-OP) improves day-to-day functional skill performance in children with hyperkinetic movement disorders (HMD).

Why this matters

  • Effective rehabilitation interventions for children with dystonic and dyskinetic cerebral palsy are currently unavailable; this study demonstrates that CO-OP is a feasible and beneficial cognitive-based, task-oriented rehabilitation approach that can be implemented following deep brain stimulation (DBS) in children with HMD.