YANNICK BLEYENHEUFT, BELGIUM
Yannick Bleyenheuft
Yannick Bleyenheuft, PT, PhD
Professor at the Institute of Neuroscience, Université catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium
Honorary attached to the Center for Cerebral Palsy Research of the Teachers College, Columbia University, NY, USA

Title: HABIT-ILE, an intensive intervention increasing autonomy and participation in children with cerebral palsy. 
Hand and Arm Bimanual Intensive Therapy Including Lower Extremities has gained a growing interest since its development in 2011. This motor-skill learning based intervention uses functional goals defined by the children and their parents to promote autonomy and participation. Its effectiveness has been demonstrated in children with both unilateral and with bilateral CP, and the observed functional improvements have shown a link to neuroplastic changes. This keynote will focus on the key principles of HABIT-ILE, the improvements obtained in different subgroups of children with CP at the level of motor and non-motor functions, and the changes induced in autonomy and social participation



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Yannick Bleyenheuft, PT, PhD, is Professor at the Institute of Neuroscience, Université catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium and honorary attached to the Center for Cerebral Palsy Research of the Teachers College, Columbia University, NY, USA. Yannick Bleyenheuft has training in physiotherapy and rehabilitation, with a complementary degree in neuroscience and a PhD in movement sciences dedicated to the motor control of children with cerebral palsy (CP). She is currently holder of the first Chair fully dedicated to intensive neurorehabilitation in children with CP and has developed HABIT-ILE, an intensive intervention combining bimanual coordination with a constant lower extremity and/or postural stimulation, which has been successfully applied both in children with unilateral and with bilateral CP. Her research group the « motor skill learning and intensive neurorehabilitation lab » is committed to improving the autonomy and participation of children with CP, notably through the understanding of motor control alterations and the development of therapeutic models based on motor skill learning, as well as the neuroplastic changes associated with these therapies. Her work is currently supported by the Fonds de Soutien Marguerite-Marie Delacroix (Belgium), the Fondation JED-Belgique (Belgium) and the Fondation Paralysie cérébrale (France).