This study is to see if the use of functional electrical stimulation (FES) during walking can help your child walk more upright and efficiently. Part one of the study is to develop the equipment, and to test the effectiveness of the stimulation on the muscles. Part two of the study is to apply the FES during a walking training program to see if there are changes in a child's walking pattern.
This study is funded by Shriners Hospitals for Children. The testing site will either be at Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia or the University of Delaware in Newark. The project is currently in its development phase, however subjects will be needed for both parts and enrollment should begin soon.