Presentation Title

Motor dexterity and cortical laterality in chronically ill children after isolation

Presenter Information

Kaitlin FraserFollow

Advisor Information

Jorge M. Zuniga

Location

MBSC Dodge Room 302B - G

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

4-3-2022 12:30 PM

End Date

4-3-2022 1:45 PM

Abstract

Objective: The main objective of this study was to describe the cortical patterns of brain activity during a gross manual dexterity task conducted by chronically ill children after experiencing isolation. Methods: Four pediatric participants completed the Box and Blocks test of gross manual dexterity with each hand while undergoing imaging of the motor cortex with functional near infrared spectroscopy. Results: All participants displayed gross manual dexterity levels lower than previously predicted based on normative data. Three out of the four participants displayed ipsilateral dominance of the motor cortex during the dexterity task. This research quantifies the motor behavior and motor cortex laterality of children following hospitalized isolation for chronic conditions. These results coupled with future research can be useful to further elucidate the specific impacts of isolation on children in the short and long term to aid in the development of hospital policies and interventions to prevent deleterious impacts from hospitalized isolation.

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Motor dexterity and cortical laterality in chronically ill children after isolation

MBSC Dodge Room 302B - G

Objective: The main objective of this study was to describe the cortical patterns of brain activity during a gross manual dexterity task conducted by chronically ill children after experiencing isolation. Methods: Four pediatric participants completed the Box and Blocks test of gross manual dexterity with each hand while undergoing imaging of the motor cortex with functional near infrared spectroscopy. Results: All participants displayed gross manual dexterity levels lower than previously predicted based on normative data. Three out of the four participants displayed ipsilateral dominance of the motor cortex during the dexterity task. This research quantifies the motor behavior and motor cortex laterality of children following hospitalized isolation for chronic conditions. These results coupled with future research can be useful to further elucidate the specific impacts of isolation on children in the short and long term to aid in the development of hospital policies and interventions to prevent deleterious impacts from hospitalized isolation.