Constraint induced movement therapy (“CI Therapy” or “CIMT”) involves rehabilitation of the weaker arm while restraining the stronger arm in a light-weight cast.Our constraint induced movement therapy programmes are delivered at one of our clinic locations.
CIMT programmes are delivered over a 3 or 4 week period. Therapy sessions are 5 days a week, with each session lasting 3 hours.
Therapy sessions are:
- On a one-to-one basis with your child and a specialist CIMT therapist. There is also a CIMT assistant present each day.
- Play based. Age appropriate games and toys are used to engage the child in using their affected arm. CIMT aims to be an enjoyable experience for the child so that they associate using their affected side with positive outcomes. This helps to consolidate the learning and enforces the changes that occur.
- Tailored to your child’s individual goals and abilities. Although the sessions involve play, your therapist will be directing activities in order to achieve desired movements or skills. As new skills are mastered or strength improves, the activities will become subtly more challenging.
- Involve functional tasks, such as eating. Snacks provide a good break in the session but also allow for practice of eating finger foods or using cutlery. Your therapist will advise on the kinds of snacks to bring.