Walking after hemispherectomy can be challenging, and may include impaired balance, muscle stiffness, and decreased motor function caused by removing one motor strip of the brain. One method for retraining walking has been through partial body weight support (BWS) combined with treadmill training. The child is partially suspended in a harness in order to reduce weight bearing and provide postural support for treadmill walking. The amount of support can be gradually decreased as postural control, balance, and coordination begin to improve.
This treatment paradigm for intensive mobility training discusses how it should be implemented: Treatment Paradigm For Intensive Mobility Training (1)