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Pioneering Rehabilitation

The Burke-Blythedale Hemiplegia Center is a multidisciplinary center where children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy can receive expert medical care and participate in state-of-the-art rehabilitation research.

What does the Burke-Blythedale Hemiplegia Center offer?

  • Full assessments for children with hemiplegia.
  • Referrals to therapies and treatments, including physical, occupational, speech, and vision therapies.
  • Treatment of spasticity and joint contractures.
  • Enrollment in cutting-edge clinical research trials, including robotic therapy, intensive hand therapy, and non-invasive brain stimulation. 


 Intensive hand therapy                Robotic therapy Non-invasive

brain stimulation  

What is it like to participate in our research?  

  • Take a tour of our lab and hear what kids have to say in the video introduction below.
  • Learn more about our research procedures in the downloadable brochures to the right.

Center Leadership Team

Jason Carmel, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Motor Recovery Lab, Burke

Joelle Mast, Ph.D., M.D.
Chief Scientific Officer, Blythedale 

Kathleen M. Friel, Ph.D.
Director, Cerebral Palsy Research Laboratory, Burke

Julie Knitter, O.T.R.
Director, Occupational Therapy, Blythedale 

Contact Us

For information about ongoing clinical trials:
(914) 368-3160 

For clinical evaluation and treatment options:
(914) 831-2510 

Burke Medical Research Institute

Blythedale Children's Hospital

Download Flyer

Download a printable flyer about the Hemiplegia Center.

For Kids!

Kid-friendly brochures on some of our research procedures:

What is MRI? 

What is TMS?