Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy and Tobii Assitive Technology

The term “cerebral palsy” refers to any one of a number of non-progressive neurological disorders caused by damage to one or more areas of the brain, it usually occurs during the development of the foetus or during or shortly after birth. There are different types of cerebral palsy, some affect the ability to speak. With Tobii's Assistive Technology devices can support this.

The damage to the brain means that the person affected is unable to fully control some of their muscles - in practice, this means that some people cannot walk or talk in the same way as most others. There are three main types of cerebral palsy, with some people affected by more than one of them.

Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common type and is characterized by stiff, jerky movements caused by tightness in muscles groups. Athetoid cerebral palsy involves involuntary purposeless movements which often interfere with speech, while ataxic cerebral palsy often affects balance and the ability to walk.

Tobii’s range of flexible Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC) products helps those affected by cerebral palsy to communicate with the world around them. For example, Tobii’s state-of-the-art Tobii C15 or Tobii C12  Assistive Technology devices with  CEye eye control module give users the chance to build a communications package specifically tailored to their needs. After an initial calibration, the system reads the user’s patterns of eye movement to execute commands.

The Tobii CEye performs with high levels of precision and has a unique ability to deal with large head movements, such as those that often occur in persons affected by cerebral palsy. The CEye can be combined with Tobii’s other market-leading AAC solutions to create a powerful package for individuals with Cerebral Palsy.