Electrical Brain Stimulation Could Benefit Children with Cerebral Palsy, U Study Finds

Neuroscientists associated with the MnDRIVE Brain Conditions initiative are experimenting with technology improve motor skills in children with cerebral palsy. 

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers found that stimulating targeted areas of the brain with a mild electrical current can enhance the motor skills of children with cerebral palsy, which is the most common motor disability in childhood. The findings, published last month, mark the first time that the exploratory procedure known as “transcranial direct current stimulation,” or tDCS, which involves passing an electrical current through the skull and into the brain, was found to be safe with children with cerebral palsy.

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