Constraint Induced Movement Therapy

St. Mary’s offers an innovative program for children with hemiplegia – partial paralysis caused by injury to the brain – through our Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) program. Based on research pioneered at St. Mary’s, our healthcare professionals published the first wide-scale study on CIMT performed in a pediatric population to help children with neurological problems affecting their arms and hands, such as cerebral palsy or a traumatic brain injury, regain use of a weakened limb.

The unique approach focuses on restraining a child’s unaffected arm or leg in a cast or mitten, which forces him or her to use the weaker one during a succession of kid-friendly and engaging exercises. Therapy sessions involve both children and their families, exposing them to the constraining equipment and sample tasks that children must undergo, so they are all prepared for the intensive treatment. Therapists work with children in allowing them to choose their tasks or everyday activities that meet their individual developmental, motivational, and cultural needs. As an extension of the CIMT research, St. Mary’s piloted the Helping Hands Program in 2006, a day program offering the same services in a camp-like setting.

To learn more about our Constraint Induced Movement Therapy programs, contact St. Mary’s Kids at Roslyn at 516-621-2681.