Amelia's Story

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Meet Amelia!

“Main advice would be go for it!”
- Steph, Amelia’s mum.
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The Challenge

Amelia had good functional movement of her left upper limb however, there was evidence of lack of spontaneous use at times during bimanual play. Amelia also struggled to orientate her hand when attempting to grasp objects also demonstrating reduced grasp strength. The aim of the 3 weeks was to increase overall awareness and use of her left upper limb in bimanual tasks. This included activities to increase strength, range of movement, and ability to consistently use a variety of functional grasp patterns.

“Amelia got on well with the team and was motivated by their approach to the therapy”
- Steph, Amelia’s mum

The Goals

  • To increase the strengths in Amelia’s ability to grasp an object.
  • To increase Amelia’s orientation and precision of her left upper limb.
  • To attempt to increase the variety of grasp patterns Amelia can achieve.
  • To increase the use of Amelia’s left upper limb in bimanual tasks.

Our Approach


Improve strength


Improve orientation and precision.


To practise grasp and release regularly.


To attempt fine motor skills including pincer grasp and finger isolation

The Science-y Bit

The aim of Amelia’s CIMT programme was to improve the general use of her left upper limb in bimanual tasks using efficient functional grasp patterns. The use of the lightweight cast on her stronger arm meant that she used her left upper limb more in play based activities, which provided positive reinforcement to overcome the learnt non-use. This effectively will have helped to rewire pathways in the brain to improve Amelia’s ability to use her left upper limb in bimanual function.

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“Amelia’s function in her left hand has improved and is more able to complete tasks efficiently”

Steph - Amelia's mum.

The Results

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General Usage Items

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Arm Use Items

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Grasp-Release (items)

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Grasp Release

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Fine Motor Adjustment

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Pace items

The Achievements

  • Amelia demonstrated increased range of movement throughout her left upper limb increasing her ability to self feed.
  • The quality and range of Amelia’s grasp improved including grasping items from a full box e.g. balls.
  • Amelia demonstrated increased strength in her left upper limb enabling her to build towers with heavy blocks.
  • Amelia is now able to use her left upper limb more functionally in bimanual tasks such as baking cakes, making music and gesturing e.g clapping.
"Amelia now appears to have more awareness of her left side and is completing tasks with less prompts"
Steph, Amelia’s mum.

The Parents Feedback

"CIMT met our expectations and we would recommend to go for it. The therapist were really good with Amelia and made the whole experience enjoyable. Seeing Amelia smile and asking her to go to the therapy in the morning showed that she was enjoying the programme."

"We completed home version of CIMT after research and saw great results so wanted to see if extended results could be gained by 3 weeks intensive therapy." - Steph, Amelia's mum.

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The Therapists Feedback

Amelia was a joy to work with. She kept the therapist entertained throughout her 3 week programme with lots of smiles and laughter. Amelia has achieved great results and her family will continue this daily to ensure the results are maintained.”

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She kept the therapist entertained throughout her 3 week programme with lots of smiles and laughter.
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Olivia James - Amelia's Therapist

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