A new neuromotor research clinic at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke will be helping children with neuromotor disorders like cerebral palsy.
They are using a high-intensity therapeutic intervention that has given children with weakness on one side of their bodies to gain neuromotor skills. Nine-year-old Keya Shapiro is one of the children who has benefited from the therapy.
"She was diagnosed with having had a stroke when she was seven months old so I noticed she wouldn't use her left hand at all it was fisted and by her side," says Ami Shapiro, Keya's mother.
"It's a big deal for children from around the world, because we're learning about how this makes a difference in children's lives," says Dr. Stephanie Deluca, assistant professor at VTC.
Some of the therapy includes casting Keya's right arm to strengthen her left arm. They're planning on continuing the treatments that have helped Keya do things we may take for granted, like getting ready in the morning, and giving parents like Ami Shapiro hope.
"It was a relief honestly. You're so scared about what the future held and you didn't know and to see her do things you dream your child would do, it's been amazing," says Ami Shapiro.