Cerebral Palsy Children Using the Tutor System Strengthen Their Chance of Improvement

Cerebral Palsy

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The News Straits Times of Malaysia on Nov. 19 reports the following:
Spastic Children’s Association of Johor (SCAJ) royal patron, Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah said national-level seminars, which are dedicated to various disability groups, are suitable platforms for healthcare and rehabilitation providers to reach out to cerebral palsy children in rural areas.
“We should encourage partnerships between parents and health professionals,” said Raja Zarith Sofiah during a keynote address at the launch of the 16th National Cerebral Palsy Seminar at the M Suites Hotel here yesterday.
A person with cerebral palsy suffers disabilities in certain movements due to damaged or underdeveloped parts of the brain. The damages or underdevelopment often occurs when the child is in the womb or during infancy.
Raja Zarith Sofiah, who is consort of the sultan of Johor, urged the seminar’s more than 200 participants, comprising medical experts, healthcare providers and rehabilitative facility operators to reach out to families of cerebral palsy sufferers in rural areas, as many rehabilitative facilities were “mainly in major cities.”
“This seminar  encourages open exhange of information and acknowledges that although medical specialists may be the experts, it is the parents who know their children better.”
Raja Zarith Sofiah said SCAJ had recently embarked on an outreach programme which offers free consultation and hands-on therapy for children with special needs in rural areas.
She said the children who attended the programme underwent preliminary examinations by doctors before receiving treatment such as physiotherapy, speech therapy, use of mobility aids and equipment, and had themselves registered with the Welfare Department.
She said the annual National Cerebral Palsy Seminar, organised by the National Council of Spastic Children’s Association of Malaysia has been generating interest in the disease, which continues to record significant numbers in the world’s population.
“Population-based studies worldwide report prevalence estimates of cerebral palsy ranging from 1.5 to more than 4 per 1,000 live births for children of a defined age.
“The Global Burden of Disease 2004 reported that 5.1 per cent of children aged from birth to 14 have moderate to severe disability,” she said in her keynote address.
Children suffering from Cerebal Palsy can now use the FDA and CE certified devices of the Tutor system, the HandTutor, ArmTutor, LegTutor and 3DTutor  They have had success in improving movement of the hand, wrist, elbow, knee, ankle, foot and other joints of the body following traumatic injuries. The devices have been effective as well for post stroke victims as well as for those suffering from Cerebral Palsy, spinal cord and brain injuries, Apraxia, MS, Parkinsons and other movement disabilities. Intensive active exercise can reduce the rate of deterioration and this is what the ”Tutor” devices provide.
The Tutor system is used in leading U.S. and foreign hospitals and physical therapy clinics as well as the patient’s home with tele rehabilitation. The ”Tutors’‘ are suitable for adults and children. See http://www.HandTutor.com for more information.



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