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Using mirror therapy to improve arm movements

Certain types of cerebral palsy, such as Spastic Hemiparetic Cerebral Palsy can restrict a child’s mobility on one side of their body.

Children may have difficulty with some normal everyday activities, such as grasping objects.

We’re funding a project at Manchester Metropolitan University to look at the effectiveness of aMirror therapy in practice credit: Ade Hunter and Manchester Metropolitan University new therapy to help these children with these activities.

We are supporting the development and evaluation of the use of a ‘mirror box’ to treat children who experience restricted mobility or weakness down one side of their body. By placing a mirror box between the child’s arms, so that the child can see and mirror the movements of their unaffected arm, the child will be able to practice and improve their arm movements.

Potential impact

If successful, this mirror therapy will be a simple, cost-effective treatment, which could significantly improve a child’s mobility, as well as their independence and self esteem. It could be easily used in homes, hospitals and schools.


Manchester Metropolitan University

Grant awarded

£88,998 over 24 months