WHAT'S NEW AT AUSTIN HATCHER FOUNDATION?

April 12, 2019

By SEMA Editors

 
SEMA Cares Chair Melanie White recently visited the Austin Hatcher Foundation in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to see first-hand their innovative cognitive program and evaluate the use of driving simulators for physical therapy.

  

The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer—a SEMA Cares charity—has launched an innovative program and study using driving simulators. The program allows pediatric cancer patients and their siblings to participate in fun, therapeutic activities while providing valuable information about children’s cognitive control skills. Driving simulators have been used around the world to improve the cognitive and executive function of intact and injured brains.

Some childhood cancer survivors develop learning problems, called cognitive impairments, as a result of the disease or cancer treatment. These problems affect cognitive control skills, such as focus, memory and hand-eye coordination.

“Cancer treatment is especially aggressive for young childre...

March 5, 2019

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (March 5, 2019) - The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer has launched an innovative cognitive program and study using driving simulators. The program allows pediatric cancer patients and their siblings to participate in fun, therapeutic activities while providing valuable information about children’s cognitive control skills. Driving simulators have been used around the world to improve the cognitive and executive function of intact and injured brains.

Some childhood cancer survivors develop learning problems, called cognitive impairments, as a result of the disease or cancer treatment. These problems affect cognitive control skills such as paying attention, how fast the brain works, memory, hand-eye coordination, and being able to stop and think. “Cancer treatment is especially aggressive for young children, and we’re grateful that the survival rate has increased to 80%. However, because treatment occurs while children are still growing, some side effects...

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Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer 

1705 S. Holtzclaw Ave. Chattanooga, TN  37404

www.hatcherfoundation.org  

phone: 423.243.3471    fax: 423-498-3581