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For Children With Spastic Hemiplegia (Hemiparesis)

Ultraflex makes custom braces for the physically disabled.

Jake with his FirstFlexOne of those braces is specifically designed for children with Cerebral Palsy induced spastic hemiplegia (hemiparesis). The treatment progam is known as FirstFlex. To better understand FirstFlex, view one of our brief video clips.

The valuable links on this page will help you learn more about children with spastic hemiplegia (hemiparesis) and organizations that serve them.

Local News Story about FirstFlex

"To be priced at about $2,000 the FirstFlex™ brace should rate competitively with other common treatments for spasticity. . . such treatments include injecting a poison into the muscle to paralyze it so it can be retrained when it relaxes again, or surgically cutting the muscles to let them lengthen."

Local News Story

Hemi-Kids

"The Hemi-Kids Foundation offers suport and information for families of children who have hemiplegia or hemiparesis due to pediatric stroke or other causes."

http://www.hemikids.org/

American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine

"The American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine is a multidisciplinary scientific society devoted to the study of cerebral palsy and other childhood onset disabilities, to promoting professional education for the treatment and management of these conditions, and to improving the quality of life for people with these disabilities."

http://www.aacpdm.org

Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery

The Kleinert Institue conducted two research studies on spastic hemiplegia in children documenting marked improvements in reach, grasp and pinch when following the dynamic/static bracing and NMES treatment protocol.

http://www.cmki.org/

United Cerebral Palsy

"As one of the largest health charities in America, UCP's mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, through our commitment to the principles of independence, inclusion and self-determination."

http://www.ucpa.org/

Exceptional Parent Magazine

"Continuing 30 award winning years of providing information, support, ideas, encouragement and outreach for parents and families of children with disabilities and the professionals who work with them."

http://www.eparent.com/

Groups for Cerebral Palsy

This site provides links to online support groups made up of people who are facing challenging life issues as individuals with Cerebral Palsy. There are teen, parent, and adult groups. There are also groups that chat about sports, love and other issues.

http://dir.groups.yahoo.com/dir/Cultures___Community/Groups/

http://groups.google.com/groups/

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

General information about Cerebral Palsy. What is Cerebral Palsy? Is there any treatment? What is the prognosis? What research is being done?

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/health_and_medical/disorders/cerebral_palsy.htm

United States Cerebral Palsy Athletic Association

Our overall purpose is designed to provide both individualized sports training and competitive opportunities for athletes [athletes not atheletes] with cerebral palsy, or other related challenges, such as traumatic brain injuries or strokes.

http://www.uscpaa.org/

Cerebral Palsy Guide

"Cerebral Palsy Guide is an organization dedicated to the education and support of anyone affected by CP. Through their website, individuals can learn about different treatment and therapy options along with different forms of support that are available to those with CP."

http://www.cerebralpalsyguide.com/

   
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