George's Story

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Meet George

"He spontaneously uses his right hand more.”
- Laura, George's mum.
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"CIMT has improved the use and supination of his hand and movements have become much more fluid.”
Laura, George's mum.

The Challenge

George lacked with movement and control in his right arm. George also struggled with consistent grasp and release and his ability to achieve pincer grip. In observed play George showed the strong preference to his left side and throughout the programme we worked on increasing George’s awareness in use of his right arm to make a meaningful difference.

"He spontaneously uses his right hand more.”
- Laura, George's mum.

The Goals

  • To improve his grasp and release of toys of varying sizes
  • To increase his range of movement throughout his arm and hand
  • To achieve finger isolation in order to be able to achieve pincer grasp
  • To increase his awareness in his right arm

Our Approach

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Muscle strengthening, through play and movement

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Fine motor skills exercises

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Grasping and releasing

The Science-y Bit

CIMT involves constraining the stronger arm in a lightweight cast and involves rehab of the weaker arm and hand. Having the cast on for 3 weeks has allowed George to focus on only using his affected arm in activities and increase his awareness of his right upper limb.

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This helps to stimulate formation of new pathways for movement and in turn helps to rewire the brain. The high intensity and repetitive use of George’s affected upper limb over a relatively short period of time had produced a lasting change.

“CIMT met our expectations and we are so impressed with the results"
Laura, George’ 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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Coordination

The Achievements

  • Improved quality and range of George’s grasp so he can now play with much larger range of toys.
  • George’ coordination improved so now he has much more precision when carrying out tasks.
  • George has perfected pincer grip which means he can now feed himself independently.
  • Increased awareness of George’s right arm allows him to play with his bimanual toys a lot easier and less frustrating.
"The therapists were brilliant during CIMT"
Laura, George’ mum.

The Parents Feedback

“George has received two lots of modified CIMT treatment under the NHS and we could see great results but we knew casting could give the best possible results at an optimum time before he started school.”

“You may have times of feeling frustrated, but all these feelings are minimal in comparison to what is being achieved. We would definitely say go for it, but prepare for a big roller coaster!” - Laura, George's mum.

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The Therapists Feedback

George was a pleasure to work with. He was a very happy boy and happy to give anything a go. The increase in George's ability and awareness over the 3 weeks really impressed me but this was all down to George’s hard work in achieving his goals.

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He was a very happy boy and happy to give anything a go.
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Elliot - George's Therapist

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