Blythedale Children’s Hospital is pleased to offer its Intensive Upper Extremity Summer Program for children who have weakness and limited use of one arm. The concepts of constraint induced movement therapy and bimanual therapy will be applied in the activities used in the program. Constraint induced movement therapy focuses on limiting use of the stronger arm to encourage use of the weaker arm during play and self care activities.
Bimanual therapy focuses on using both hands together to participate in activities. The goal is to help improve use of the weaker arm and hand to participate in bimanual activities for daily life activities.
A typical day will include a variety of fun, therapeutic activities such as:
- Arts and crafts
- Sports/playground activities
- Sensory play
- Fine and gross motor games
- Self care activities
- UE Strengthening/ROM exercises
Activities will be designed to meet individual needs and therapy goals for each child.
Eligibility for the Upper Extremity Program
Children between the ages of 5 to ten years old, with decreased use of one upper extremity due to hemiplegia or hemiparesis as a result of cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke or other diagnoses are appropriate for this program. Students should be able to follow verbal directions, have previous experience attending daycare center/center-based program /school, and have active movement of all joints of affected upper extremity.
The program will be directed and implemented by Blythedale’s occupational therapists and Day Hospital teams. Individual and small group occupational therapy will be provided everyday. Physical therapy, speech therapy and nursing services are available as needed.