Elaine Strachota

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There is a need for effective stroke rehabilitation systems that can be used in undersupervised/unsupervised environments such as the home to assist in improving and/or sustaining functional outcomes. We determined the stability, accuracy and usability of an extremely low-cost mobile robot for use with a robot/computer motivating rehabilitation device,(More)
The Jebsen Hand Function Test was administered to 50 hemiplegic patients within three weeks of their admission to a rehabilitation center. Participants in the study demonstrated significantly slower performance on all items of the test for both the nonparetic and paretic hands when comparisons of scores were made with previously published norms. A further(More)
This paper presents experimental data evaluating the merits of using a fun and engaging therapy protocol over a less engaging one in the context of a low-cost robot/computer motivating rehabilitation system for stroke rehabilitation called TheraDrive. The preliminary results suggest that there is a small advantage of the engaging therapy over the rote(More)
This article presents a novel evaluation system along with methods to evaluate bilateral coordination of arm function on activities of daily living tasks before and after robot-assisted therapy. An affordable bilateral assessment system (BiAS) consisting of two mini-passive measuring units modeled as three degree of freedom robots is described. The process(More)
Learned non-use (LNU) is common after stroke and manifests when persons with stroke spontaneously use their stronger less-impaired arm despite residual functional abilities in the impaired arm. This tendency of under utilizing the impaired arm slows down the re-acquisition of bilateral coordination on activities of daily living. We wanted to examine whether(More)
The purpose of this research was to investigate the interaction between muscle tone at the wrist and self-care function in persons with hemiparesis. Dynamic and static muscle tone measurements were taken at the wrist. Self-care ability was measured with a chart review and the Klein-Bell Scale. The results of the study did not support the assumption that(More)
This paper examines two empirical studies that used online surveys to collect data to measure satisfaction in job training and workforce development. A description of each study, findings related to response rate, the processes used in online survey development and implementation, as well as recommendations for the future use of online surveys are(More)
A device measuring the flexion of the hand from an extended position was evaluated as a technique for assessing the passive component of muscle tone. Wrist measurements of 23 individuals, ten able-bodied, eight with spastic and five with flaccid wrists, were collected for three days of each week for three weeks, to determine the interrater, test-retest(More)