Occupational therapists at St. Charles Rehabilitation conduct research on the effectiveness of constraint induced movement therapy (CIMT) for pediatric populations diagnosed with upper extremity hemipheresis.
Analyzing data from St. Charles Rehabilitation's 3-week CIMT camp, researchers at St. Charles have found an average increase in all upper extremity skills (Grasp, Movement, Weight Bearing, Protective Extension) when measured 3-weeks after the camp ended and 6-months later.
Implications for Occupational Therapy
- Occupational therapists should create programs that emphasize childhood occupations such as play, self-care, and social participation.
- Client factors and Performance skills such as grasping and movement can be influenced by alternative treatment approaches such as CIMT.
- Occupational therapists should consider context, activity demands, and occupational outcomes when designing interventions in a group setting.
- Incorporating participation in occupation and client/family goals are essential for articulating the distinct value of occupational therapy to communities.