Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability of childhood. It occurs in two out 1000 children, appearing on acute, rehab and tertiary health care caseloads worldwide. It is a non-progressive condition whereby an injury occurs in a child’s brain before, during or shortly after birth, and can affect a child’s movement and posture, limiting their everyday activities.
Virtual reality (VR) is a new tool that is emerging for rehabilitation that may be applied to all developmental areas. This technology allows individuals to experience and interact with computer-generated environments through their senses, including vision, touch and/or hearing. For children in particular, rehabilitation applications using VR provide opportunities for play that can be enjoyable, challenging and non-threatening.
As more preterm survivors of cerebellar injury are monitored for long-term development, physicians will be able to more readily evaluate potential risk for ASD associated with extreme prematurity and cerebellar injury.