Team Members

Project Video

Video due and should be uploaded to your page by 6/5.  See previous course pages for example videos.

Videos should be less than 7 minutes.


Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most common motor disorder in childhood, affecting over 17 million individuals worldwide (Cerebral Palsy Foundation). The majority of these individuals are unable to perform activities of daily living (ADL) due to wrist contracture, one of the most common symptoms of the spastic subtype of CP. As a result, these individuals are often forced to rely on a caregiver, stifling their independence. Furthermore, because a cure does not yet exist for CP, in order to improve their symptoms they often spend a significant part of their lives in physical or occupational therapy, in addition to trying various assistive devices which range from exoskeletons at $50-100k to rigid braces. The lifetime care cost for an individual with CP is over $1 million (Cerebral Palsy Foundation).


The overarching goal of this project—which extends beyond the work of ME 485—is to develop assistive clothing for individuals with movement disorders, first starting with CP. The two driving motivations are to 1) facilitate increased independence in individuals with movement disorders, and 2) to significantly decrease the financial barrier to treatment. The first prototypes draw therapeutic principles from literature on vibration therapy and Functional Electrical Stimulus (FES). Katusic et al. conclude that vibration therapy may reduce improve motor function and decrease spasticity. Furthermore, Wright and Granat's findings on FES on the wrist extensor muscles in children with CP showed increased wrist extension and increased overall hand function during treatment and at follow-up. 

Research Question(s)


This can include:

This will vary based on your project.

It should include a step-by-step guide such that anyone using your page can understand and complete.  The purpose of the confluence page is to share your work with others so that we can build off of each other's research, so making your methods clear is very important.

You can also insert code (with approval from project mentors) and other helpful links.

To be completed by 6/5 (but you should have a plan by 5/8).


This can include:

Make sure to point out how this addresses your research questions.


To be completed by 6/5.

Future Work

To be completed by 6/5.


You should acknowledge any help you received on your project. Collaboration is always encouraged but must be acknowledged.



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