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Constraint-induced movement therapy program helps kids with cerebral palsy

Photos courtesy: Kennedy Krieger Institute

Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) is part of a structured program utilized at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, an internationally recognized facility dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with pediatric developmental disabilities through patient care, special education, research and professional training.  

CIMT has been in existence at Kennedy Krieger since 2004 when a pediatric rehab specialist at the institute heard the pioneer of this approach in stroke recovery speak and thought that it had potential for the facility's large population of children with CP. In general, the goal for kids with CP is to stimulate the development of emerging skills, rather than focus on regaining lost skills, as in the case of adults whose hemiparesis stems from strokes. Shortly thereafter, an OT, PT and neuropsychologist from the Institute were sent for training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and modeled the institute's program after Alabama's model called ACQUIREc.

More than 40 children have participated in the CIMT program at Kennedy Krieger since its implementation. The results have been so positive that demand for the program was high, especially during school breaks. Parents wanted to be able to enroll their children during the summer months to avoid conflicting with school schedules. Therefore, the therapy team put together a day camp with structured activities designed to coordinate with weekly themes.

Take a look through our photo gallery of summer camp participants! And to learn more about CIMT read "Summer Camp, and then Some" in our Nov. 10 print edition.

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