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Children's Therapy Unit

Clinical Research & Movement Lab

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The Research Program at the Children’s Therapy Unit (CTU) bridges the gap between research and clinical practice to improve the lives of children who have movement disorders and to maximize their function.

Child participating in kinematic and kinetic data collectionIn the CTU’s Movement Laboratory, clinicians use kinematic, kinetic, and electromyography measures to conduct ground breaking research. They utilize these tools to explore a variety of subjects, including the benefits and effects of physical and occupational therapy, orthotic design, and electrical stimulation. In conjunction with the Adult Rehabilitation Department at Good Samaritan, they also conduct research on treatment for neurological disorders, such as strokes. The team has published numerous articles in nationally acclaimed peer reviewed journals, received over $1 million in grant funding from national and local sources, and taught professional courses around the world.

Example of a child’s electromyography study

Clinical assessments are also conducted outside of the Movement Laboratory. For example, electromyography and video recorded during a child’s treatment, as shown above, allow the team to evaluate the way a child’s muscles are working, and therefore focus on improving their skills. The data also help Neurologists, Orthopedists, and Physiatrists make important medical and surgical decisions.

For information on the program, call the Movement Lab at 253-697-5255,or contact David G. Embrey, PT, PhD at or Brenna Brandsma, PT, DPT, PCS at