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SONRÍE, a helpful tool for orofacial rehabilitation for children with cerebral palsy

Researchers from UPM and URJC have created a platform made up of diverse games that will allow children with neurological disorders to rehabilitate orofacial disorders.

SONRÍE is a system of therapy for children with cerebral palsy that has been developed by a multidisciplinary team of female researchers from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC). By using a kinect 360 sensor, they created a set of games in order to detect different facial gestures: whoosh, eyebrows raised, kiss and smile aiming, firstly, to achieve greater detection accuracy, and secondly, a therapeutic improvement in facial movement.

Cerebral palsy is a brain condition essentially characterized by a persistent, though not invariable, disorder of tone, posture and movement. This condition, which appears in early childhood, is a non-evolutionary brain injury that triggers a huge influence on the neurological maturation of the affected subject.

Children playing
“Sonríe” games: (1) eyebrows raised , (2) kiss, (3) smile and (4) whoosh
Image: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid