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Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT)

CIMT is an intervention for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. The intervention involves restraining the unaffected arm to facilitate active use of the affected arm and hand. During the time period of restraint, intensive therapy and home program activities are used to produce improvement in movement and function. Activities that are appropriate to the stage of development are customized to each child. Research evidence from rigorous studies has demonstrated the effectiveness of CIMT to improve function and Easter Seals is pleased to offer this specialized service. While there are various protocols for CIMT, Easter Seals uses the following:
•Pre and post testing to determine appropriate treatment course and to assess the effectiveness of treatment.
•Use of a removable cast, wrap or sling on unaffected arm with a schedule for wearing the restraint.
•Occupational therapy 2x per week for 60 min. sessions for a time period of 4 weeks
•Daily home programming consisting of structured and unstructured motor activities.

Want to know more?
Contact our Peoria Service Center at 309.686.1177, or our Bloomington Center at 309.663.8275.

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