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Advisory Committee Chair

Edward Taub

Advisory Committee Members

Jennifer Bredthauer

Elizabeth Richardson

Document Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2016

Degree Name by School

Master of Arts (MA) College of Arts and Sciences

Abstract

Treatment in this case of motor complete high tetraplegia began 22 months after injury. Electromyographic biofeedback was used to strengthen weak muscle contractions in the right upper arm to obtain limb movement. The newly emerging movement was trained by shaping to enable functional movements: controlling a wheelchair with a joystick, using a computer mouse for typing, and bringing the hand to mouth for self-feeding and facial hygiene with the aid of a Swedish Help Arm counterweight system. Some individuals with high tetraplegia may have heretofore unexplored capacity for late motor recovery with appropriate noninvasive training.

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