Action observation in infancy: implications for neuro-rehabilitation

Burzi, Valentina, Tealdi, Gessica, Boyd, Roslyn N. and Guzzetta, Andrea (2016) Action observation in infancy: implications for neuro-rehabilitation. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 58 S4: 74-77. doi:10.1111/dmcn.13048

Author Burzi, Valentina
Tealdi, Gessica
Boyd, Roslyn N.
Guzzetta, Andrea
Title Action observation in infancy: implications for neuro-rehabilitation
Journal name Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-8749
Publication date 2016-03-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/dmcn.13048
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 58
Issue S4
Start page 74
End page 77
Total pages 4
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Action observation therapy has been found to be effective in improving hand motor function in both adults with stroke and children with unilateral cerebral palsy. We here propose a provocative hypothesis arguing that the same therapy might be effective in very early intervention in infants with unilateral or asymmetric brain damage, but through a different underlying mechanism. If the activation of motor networks induced in infancy by action observation enhances the excitability of the damaged sensorimotor cortex, it could also accelerate the maturation of the corticospinal tract and the adaptive shaping of the spinal motor circuits. This hypothesis should be explored carefully in prospective studies and, if confirmed, might support the use of action observation therapy at a much earlier time than experimented so far. What this paper adds: A revision of the literature on AOT in children and adults with unilateral brain damage. The discussion of possible mechanisms of AOT in brain damaged individuals, when applied in early infancy.
Keyword Infancy
Action observation therapy
Sensorimotor cortex
Brain damage
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