Estimates suggest around one in every 400 children in the UK has cerebral palsy and around 2,000 babies are diagnosed with cerebral palsy every year. These young people will experience lifelong difficulties with movement and co-ordination, and in some cases they may also have other difficulties, such as learning disabilities.
We’re looking at developing a systematic way of describing children’s looking behaviours in relation to eye pointing and communication. We’re doing that in two ways. We’re developing a descriptive scale that will be based on observation of children in everyday situations, and we’re also exploring the use of eye tracking technology to get very objective and precise measures of children’s looking behaviours in different situations.
Communication is the way we show who we are it’s the way the world works. That makes it a really high priority for research. Good research in this area has the potential to make a very significant and long lasting impact on children and their families. It’s your support that is helping life changing research like this happen. Thank you.
Hello, I’m Action Hero Dr Michael Clarke, and thanks to support like yours I’m now on a mission to help severely disabled children like Alfie.
It’s an exciting time. We’ve developed a new way to assess and classify how children with very severe cerebral palsy are using their looking skills to communicate and engage with the world around them.
We hope that with this research we’ll have a much clearer idea of how best to support children like Alfie right now so that they can better communicate and connect with people. This could make a real difference for families. You’re helping life changing research like this happen.
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