Treatment for Cerebral Palsy

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
Cerebral Palsy
5 - 21
All Sexes
What conditions do you have?

Study Summary

Power wheelchairs (PWCs) offer children who are unable to independently opportunities for participation in social, educational, and leisure activities. Unfortunately, children who have severe cognitive, motor, or sensory impairments may need extended training to be able to master the PWC skills needed to "qualify" for their own PWC. The IndieTrainer system was developed to address this need. The IndieTrainer system is comprised of the IndieGo device and video-game modules. The IndieGo device temporarily converts a manual wheelchair into a powered wheelchair, thereby allowing children to remain in their own manual wheelchair and use their own custom seating system during power wheelchair skills training activities. The video-game modules are integrated into the IndieGo device such that the video games can be played on a TV screen using the specific access method used to control the IndieGo (i.e., switch or joystick). The IndieTrainer system is designed to allow a child to practice power wheelchair skills as part of the video-game modules or as part of more traditional power wheelchair skills training activities wherein children are able to actively explore the environment and practice executing actual wheelchair skills. This study will evaluate the use of the IndieTrainer system in children with cerebral palsy, ages 5-21 years.

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Progress

1 of 3

Study Objectives

3 Primary · 2 Secondary · Reporting Duration: Immediately after the conclusion of the intervention

Baseline -pre-intervention and immediately after the conclusion of the intervention
Changes in perceptions regarding the IndieTrainer system intervention
Week 4
Change in understanding how to use a power mobility device
Baseline-pre-intervention and immediately after the conclusion of the intervention period,
Change in power mobility skills performance
Week 4
Change in power mobility skill performance
Immediately after the conclusion of the intervention
Parent/caregiver satisfaction with the IndieTrainer system

Trial Safety

Safety Progress

1 of 3

Trial Design

0 Treatment Group

25 Total Participants · 0 Treatment Group

Primary Treatment: Treatment · No Placebo Group · N/A

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: immediately after the conclusion of the intervention

Who is running the clinical trial?

Grand Valley State UniversityLead Sponsor
10 Previous Clinical Trials
8,622 Total Patients Enrolled
3 Trials studying Cerebral Palsy
56 Patients Enrolled for Cerebral Palsy

Eligibility Criteria

Age 5 - 21 · All Participants · 5 Total Inclusion Criteria

Mark “Yes” if the following statements are true for you:
You have a diagnosis of cerebral palsy with functional abilities at Gross Motor Classification System Classification System Levels IV or Level V.
You are currently using a manual wheelchair or adaptive stroller that can be safely used with the IndieTrainer system (i.e., functioning wheel brakes to remain locked onto platform, etc.) as assessed by the PI.
You have at least one parent/caregiver who is able to converse in English (as assessed by the PI during interactions over the phone and in person) due to safety concerns.