MOTION – Mechanised Orthosis for Children with Neurological Disorders

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Canterbury Christ Church University is a partner for the MOTION project.

  €7 412 176     €4 445 719  03/01/2019   31/03/2023 

MOTION – Mechanised Orthosis for Children with Neurological Disorders is a three year project involving 15 cross border partners. MOTION aims to develop robotic assistive technology - a wearable, lower limb 'exoskeleton' - to help children with cerebral palsy (CP) and other neurological conditions stand and walk as part of their rehabilitation therapy. It is part of the Interreg 2Seas Programme.


Background to the project

The project involves partners from the United Kingdom, Belgium, France and the Netherlands.

According to data collected from 14 European centres in the Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy common database (Cans, 2000), 30% of children with Cerebral Palsy are not able to walk at 5 years of age and 16% of the CP children need assistive devices to walk, while 54% can walk without aids (Beckhung et al., 2008). This means that 46% of the CP children might benefit from innovative technology like lower limb exoskeletons to promote walking. CP occurs at different prevalence rates, according to statistics, from 1.4 to 3.0 per 1000 live births (Johnson, 2002). Within the 2 Seas region there are between 1.970 - 3.940 CP children younger than 10 years (32.643 – 65.285 CP children in Europe) that might be addressed by assistive technology developed in MOTION.

MOTION Project final conference 

The MOTION Project closure conference will take place on 13 January 2023 at Junia HEI 13 rue de Toul - 59000, LILLE. 

For more information, download the conference flyer.

Project Objectives

MOTION addresses two challenges:

  • Improve the quality of life of children with neurological disorders through advancements in development, validation and adoption of robotic assistive technology.
  • Facilitate knowledge and technology transfer from research to industry, healthcare professionals, end users and policy makers by setting up a transregional network.


Project Outcomes

Major outcomes of the MOTION project will be:

  • Development and validation of an autonomous lower limb exoskeleton and a powered ankle foot orthosis for children
  • Development and validation of a functional, comfortable smart garment that integrates sensing technology to monitor children while wearing the exoskeleton.
  • Statistical analysis of physiological and biomechanical measurements for practitioners and the scientific community
  • Setting-up a transregional network to transfer technology and related knowledge by linking research with industry, healthcare professionals, end users and policy makers
  • Setting-up web-based and face-to-face training packages for healthcare professionals
  • A map of assistive technology dedicated to health authorities and SMEs


Observer Partners

  • Belgische  Beroepsvereniging voor Orthopedische Technologieën (BBOT)
  • Christelijke  Mutualiteiten België
  • Groupement Hospitalier de l'Institut Catholique de Lille
  • Injéno
  • Pacquet Industrie
  • Pole De Competitivite Up-Tex
  • Centre d'expertise et de Ressources Nouvelles Technologies et communication de APF France handicap
  • Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Lille
  • Petit Bateau

Canterbury Christ Church University project team

The Canterbury Christ Church University team is leading Work Package 3: Feasibility of Transfer of Technology. They will be working with other UK partners to conduct normative/baseline gait analysis studies with children with and without Cerebral Palsy (CP) and feasibility studies of prototype MOTION powered ankle-foot orthosis and exoskeleton technology with children with CP. Christ Church is also responsible for the conduct of a survey and interview with healthcare professionals and parents of children with CP to understand their knowledge, attitudes and experiences towards robotic Assistive Technology for rehabilitation practice. Findings of this work will inform the design and delivery of training and 'Train the Trainer' programme for both groups to be able to engage with MOTION technology.

Find out more about the project team from Canterbury Christ Church University who are working on the MOTION project. 

UK Advisory Board Members

advisory board members

Louis Martinelli

Specialist Physiotherapist & Exoskeleton Lead, Hobbs Rehabilitation 


Neil Perry

Director Digital Transformation (CIO), Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust 


Konstantinos Sirlantzis

University of Kent 


Sarah Crombie

Clinical Specialist and Lead Physiotherapist, Chailey Clinical Services, Sussex Community NHS Trust.


Lea Quentin

Kent Surrey Sussex, Academic Health Science Network


Mark Goss Sampson

University of Greenwich


George Arealis

Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon Shoulder and Upper Limb Specialist East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust - Honorary Researcher School of Engineering and Digital Arts


Lesley Katchburian

Lead Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist (Neurodisability) HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children 


Gemma Kelly

Physiotherapist, The Children's Trust, Tadworth, Surrey


Jo Harbinson

The Children's Trust, Tadworth, Surrey


Tim Theologis

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Oxford University Hospitals


Luke Thompson

Assistive Technology Lead and Paediatric Occupational Therapist for the Pace Centre, Aylesbury

Business Lead, Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section; Children Young People and Families


Margaret Gurr

Physiotherapist, Physiotheraplay


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