FirSteps – The Emergence of Walking in Children
- A combined analysis of kinemetics and muscular activity in healthy children helps to unravel processes underlying the emergence of basic patterns.
- Number and type of motor activation patterns are seminal characteristics that are expected to develop differently in children with cerebral palsy.
- We apply our results to the identification of optimal rehabilitation techniques for children with cerebral palsy.
Related PhD Projects
Annike Bekius & Nadia Dominici
The aim of this PhD project is to characterize the underlying mechanisms of the development of walking in children with CP, by the combined measurement of brain and muscular activity.
Jennifer Kerkman & Nadia Dominici
We investigate the change of gait-related muscle activity in healthy children over the first 2-3 years of their live. Aim is to identify the emergence of muscle synergies around the first steps.
Related Research Themes & Projects
We analyze brain and muscular activity in typically developing children and in children with cerebral palsy. We seek to unravel the reorganization of cortical and cortico-muscular activity accompanying the development of walking with the ultimate aim to design novel rehabilitation techniques for cerebral palsy.