Sunday, January 31, 2010

Constraint Therapy - Our Version

Constraint therapy is something that is used as a method to help "re-train" the brain. It's often used for kids that have hemiplegic cerebral palsy to help them gain function in their affected side. Although I just said "often used", it is NOT used much here in Ontario - especially in the north. When it is done, it usually involves casting the non-affected arm for a few weeks. During this time, occupational therapy is usually stepped up to get the most benefit. Our previous OT was supportive of trying out a modified method. As you can see in the video, it's very high-tech and involves putting a sock over Bennett's left hand. Even though we only do this every once in awhile, I have seen improvement in the function of Bennett's right arm and hand. I wonder what would happen if we were able to participate in a formal program? If you want to see a great example of constraint therapy, check out Amy's Blog - Maddy has been making some fantastic progress!


Sheila said...

Wow, that is great! He has much better use of his right hand then Malayna does but she'd never tolerate anything on her left hand! Good work, Bennett!

Barbara said...

Hi Sheila. Bennett has made some good progress with the right hand. We can't do the sock thing much anymore because he won't tolerate it for long. I have to make it really exciting and I can get about 10 minutes then the sock comes off. Hopefully it's still helping bit :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm currently training to be an Occupational Therapist and I'm conducting some research into the effectiveness of children undergoing constraint induced movement therapy. I would love it if you would be able to fill in my questionnaire? It's very brief (10 questions) and is completely anonymous. It's just to get your thoughts on the therapy? The link is -
kind regards, Amy