Henry's Story

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Henry Smiling During Treatment

Meet Henry

“We didn’t know how Henry would adapt to the therapy because he is very strong willed, we thought he would find it very frustrating. The fact that Ruth played with him, and it was play therapy, Henry just loved it. That one on one time with Ruth just put us at ease.” - Emma Brown Henry’s mum
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“Dreams we didn’t have before like driving a car we do now, because he’s got movement in his arm!”
Emma Brown, Henry’s Mum.

The Challenge

Henry was a premature baby of 27 weeks, he suffered a brain bleed when he was only 3 days old. We hope that with CIMT, Henry can improve on his fine motor skills. He’s very quickly learning not to use his left hand because it’s easier for him to use his right, creating a left sided developmental disregard.

“We worked with Therapists to create meaningful and achievable goal for Henry." Emma, Henrys Mum.

The Goals

  • Improve muscle strength throughout the upper limb
  • Improve awareness of left upper limb for both unilateral and bilateral activities
  • Improve dexterity
  • Develop grasp and release of the hand to work towards for example holding his cup with two hands
  • Improve alignment of his wrist/thumb
  • Improve his confidence in using his left hand successfully
  • Explore use of his left upper limb within mobility

Our Approach


Muscle strengthening, through play and movement


Increase Awareness


Improve dexterity


Develop grasp and release


Improve alignment through use of kinesiology tape


Improve confidence

The Science-y Bit

CIMT involves constraining the child’s stronger arm in a soft lightweight cast and completing rehab of the weaker arm and hand, which for children is undertaken through play and meaningful functional activities. Henry had the cast on for 4 weeks which allowed him to focus on only using his affected arm in activities, this increased his awareness of his right upper limb.

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Rehabilitation through play helps to stimulate the formation of new pathways for movement and in turn helps to rewire the brain. The high intensity and repetitive use of Henry’s affected upper limb over a relatively short period of time had produced lasting changes not only in the amount and quality of movement of his weaker arm and hand but within activities involving both hands.

Ruth - Henry's Physiotherapist

“What’s happened in four weeks has just been outstanding”
Emma Brown, Henry's Mum.

The Results

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General Usage

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Arm Use

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Grasp-Release (items)

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Overall Performance

The Achievements

  • General use; contact with objects, initiating use, choosing the assisting hand when close to object, stabilising objects.
  • Arm/hand movements; reaching, moving upper arm, moving forearm and moving fingers
  • Grasp-release items; holding, grasping from an easy position, releasing
  • Coordination items; symmetrical arm and hand use
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"We never even comprehended we would get improvement in his overall body ability. He has more of an awareness of his left hand side now. His centre line has improved so much.”
Emma Brown, Henry's Mum.
Henry playing with his mum.

The Parents Feedback

'The one to one work with Ruth was what Henry needed, Henry loves being the centre of attention.' - Emma Brown, Henry's mum.

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