Helping Hands Program

Intensive Summer Therapy Program

Helping Hands is a therapeutic summer program for children with hemiparesis or hemiplegia (weakness and/or paralysis on one side of the body from brain injury or neurological impairment). The 4-week program held throughout July provides intensive therapy with age-appropriate play and adaptive skills practice.  Children are engaged in a variety of activities such as circle time, yoga, and arts and crafts, all while receiving individualized treatment approaches to help them develop functional skills for every day activities.  Led by a team of caring clinicians including a Physiatrist, Physical Therapists, and Occupational Therapists, the program runs Monday through Thursday for 5 to 6 hours a day.

A multi-disciplinary program, Helping Hands uses various treatment approaches, including Constraint Induced Movement Therapy, to improve the use of hands and arms.   Activities of Daily Living are incorporated at all levels to improve independence. Occupational and Physical Therapists work one-to-one with the children each day. Skills are addressed and reinforced at each activity. Children also work independent of the group with therapists throughout the week.

Helping Hands is geared towards children who are:

  • 4 to 11 years of age
  • diagnosed with hemiparesis or hemiplegia
  • able to follow directions and participate in intensive therapy for 5 to 6 hours each day

Space is limited and children must meet all of the conditions noted above to be considered for the program.

For more information, please contact St. Mary’s Kids at Roslyn at 516-621-2681 or Dr. Hilary Berlin at 516-471-9371 .