CP-CMI Project

Title Dual task in children with cerebral palsy
Dates From 09.2015 to 01.2019
Principal investigator Joel Fluss (HUG)
Other investigators Gilles Allali (HUG), Nathalie Valenza (HUG), Kamiar Aminian (EPFL), Christopher J. Newman (CHUV), Stéphane Armand (K-Lab, UNIGE/HUG), Léopoldine Kury (K-Lab, UNIGE/HUG), Sophie Wist (K-Lab, UNIGE/HUG)
Institutional collaborations Pediatric Neurology and Neurorehabilitation Unit, Department of Pediatrics, Lausanne University Hospital; Laboratory of Movement Analysis and Measurement, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Keywords Dual tasks; Cerebral palsy; Gait; Cognitive-motor interferences; Spatiotemporal parameters
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Related articles

Patients with CP can exhibit not only a range of motor disorders but also cognitive impairments such as executive, visuospatial, attention and learning disabilities. Everyday life activities involve performing concurrent cognitive and motor tasks which cause cognitive-motor interferences (CMI). This project aims to evaluate the effects of CMI on gait performances of children with CP and typically developing children through different concurrent cognitive tasks.
Twenty children with CP and 20 typically developing children were evaluated using an optoelectronic system, during a protocol including simple and dual tasks as described in the figure. Spatiotemporal gait parameters were extracted and compared between simple and dual tasks.

The reduced gait performance induced by CMI during dual tasks may generate underestimated difficulties for children with CP in daily-life situations, where dual tasks are common which should be considered in clinical assessments.