Stroke-Related Treatment Centers for Children
 
Please note, the International Alliance for Pediatric Stroke is not promoting the treatment centers listed below. This is not an all inclusive list and we encourage you to contact us if you would like us to include a center that treats children with hemiplegia or neuromotor issues as a result of stroke.
 
University of Alabama, Pediatric Neuromotor Clinic, UAB Pediatric Neuromotor Clinic
Birmingham, Alabama 
Contact: Corey Webb Stone, MS,OTR/L webbcor@uab.edu 
 
Our mission at the UAB Pediatric Neuromotor Clinic is to construct and administer feasible, effective and evidenced-based occupational therapy services (Constraint-induced Movement Therapy), both locally and globally, for children with hemiplegia/hemiparesis to increase their independence in every area of life. Our current program consists of constraint induced therapy with several different protocol options for children ages 16 months to 18 years. Any child with a neuromotor disability is eligible for the program including conditions such as cerebral palsy, hemispherectomy, hydrocephaly, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Families travel from all over the globe to participate in our three to four week sessions of therapy consisting of six hours a day, five days a week, over a 4 week period in a home-like environment.
 
 
Pediatric Vascular Neurology program at Seattle Children’s Hospital 
Seattle, Washington
Contact: 206-987-2544
 
Seattle Children's Pediatric Vascular Neurology Program provides comprehensive, expert care for babies, children and adolescents with stroke or other neurologic conditions related to blood flow in the brain. It is the only pediatric vascular neurology program in the Pacific Northwest. The director of the program, Dr. Catherine Amile-Lefond, is a pediatric vascular neurologist who is a national leader in this field. 
 
The neurosurgeons at Seattle Children's have a great deal of experience performing complex surgery for vascular neurology conditions, like revascularization surgery for moyamoya, with some of the best outcomes in the country. Pediatric vascular neurology is a subspecialty within Seattle Children's Neurology program, rated #10 in the country by U.S. News & World Report
 
 
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, Neuromotor Research Clinic, VTCRI brochure
Roanoke, Virgina
Contact: Stephanie C. DeLuca, PhD, Director VTCRI, stephdeluca@vtc.vt.edu
 
The VTCRI Neuromotor Research Clinic seeks to enable children with hemiparesis—a weakness on one side of the body due to injury on the opposite side of the brain—to make large, rapid, and enduring gains in their everyday neuromotor skills. To improve the children’s arm and hand use, our therapists use a set of rehabilitation approaches known as pediatric constraint-induced movement therapy. We have developed a special form of this therapy, ACQUIREc therapy, which includes casting a child’s stronger arm and hand and conducting high-intensity therapy for three to six hours a day, five days a week, for three or four consecutive weeks.
 
The Baby Champ Study, a clinical trial funded my the National Institutes of Health, compares three highly promising forms of therapy for infants and toddlers who have a diagnosis of hemiparetic cerebral palsy. Baby Champ Study brochure.
 
The CHAMP Study -- a multisite clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health -- compares the efficacy of alternative therapies for young children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy, also known as hemiparetic cerebral palsy. CHAMP Study brochure.