Task-specific electrical stimulation (TASES) is an evidence-based technique that uses functional electric stimulation for people with cerebral palsy and other movement disorders. TASES is an active intervention that requires participation. It activates muscles and provides sensory input to the user, which improves movement patterns and function. TASES can improve joint range of motion and decrease spasticity. During treatment, repetitive movement patterns are performed in proper alignment during age-appropriate tasks, which promotes motor learning. TASES requires a skilled therapist to administer it properly, as deciding which muscles must be stimulated is essential. We offer classes to teach how electrical stimulation can improve muscle function, range of motion, and strength, and facilitate skill development. The repetition and specificity of TASES performed during motivating tasks, in combination with traditional therapy, can lead to better outcomes. This approach strengthens muscles and optimizes sensory input, enhancing active independent movement and activation with proper timing. TASES supports the need for muscles to be strengthened, not weakened, and for sensory information to be optimized for the child to enhance active independent movement and activation with proper timing.

Dr. Mirav Newman, PT, DPT

Mirav Newman, PT, DPT, is a Pediatric Physical Therapist with 25 years of experience. She practices in Brooklyn, NY, and is the founder and owner of Dynamic Solutions Pediatric Physical & Occupational Therapy. Mirav has joined with Judy Carmick, in the effort to teach and spread the word about the many ways to help children with disabilities benefit from functional electrical stimulation. She uses TASES in her practice and offers virtual and in-person courses focusing on using TASES/functional electrical stimulation in pediatric physical therapy practice.

 

Judy Carmick

Judy Carmick, M.A., PT is a Pediatric Physical Therapist with over 40 years of experience in pediatrics. She is world-renowned for her work with electrical stimulation, has written numerous publications, and has received awards for her innovative and evidence-based approach.

Her interests are helping children achieve motor learning, motor control, muscle strength, and range of motion by using Task-Specific Electrical Stimulation (TASES) with movement science and motor learning ideas.

Judy has taught classes and workshops using TASES in pediatrics for years. She is currently available for consultations with therapists and their clients.

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