CIMT is an evidenced-based intervention used for children with hemiplegic CP in which the non-affected arm is constrained for a period of time in order to improve mobility, lengthen tight or spastic muscles, increase strength, and improve hand function. Our 3 week long summer camp intensive includes 2 weeks of unilateral training followed by 1 week of bilateral training. Pre and post testing is included as is a removable custom fit cast.
Camp will run for 3 weeks from July 9th to July 27th, M-Fri, 8:30am-1pm, ages 3-10.
If your child has visited the BAC, it’s likely that he or she has played with Pop the Pig (or Pop the Pirate!) Both of these toys serve as excellent speech-language resources that are easy to use at home. You can play these games with your child while simultaneously targeting his or her speech and language goals in the following ways:
Model full-length sentences while playing with your child such as, “The pig is so hungry!”, “We need to feed the pig!”, “The pig needs to chew, chew, chew!”, or “He is so full! His belly is getting so big!”
After frequently modeling these sentences, allow your child to fill in your phrase by pausing (e.g. “He is so….”)
Encourage your child to specify what color hamburger he or she wants to feed the pig. Consider providing a choice between two different colors. Allow your child to fill in your starter sentence, “I want the…”
Encourage your child to combine words such as “feed pig”, “feed pig blue”, “pig eats”, “pig chews”, “put in”, “put in blue”, “clean-up”, “pig pops”, “my turn”, “your turn”, etc.
Emphasize turn-taking with your child by asking “Who’s turn is it?” or “Who should go next?” Encourage your child to use the phrases “my turn” and “your turn.”
Encourage functional and pretend play by pretending to eat the hamburgers, pretending that the pig is eating the hamburgers, and feeding various players.
Encourage flexible thinking by playing with the die. This may mean your child will lose a turn, not get their first choice of colored hamburger, etc.
Ask your child various WH-questions connected to playing the game. Examples include “When do we eat hamburgers?” “Where do we buy hamburgers?” “Why do we need to feed the pig?” “Where should we put the hamburger?” “Why did he pop?” etc.
Incorporating games within articulation practice is a great way to make this work more fun. Encourage your child to produce his or her sound between each turn. If your child is working on sounds within words or sentences, encourage repeated practice of these words throughout the game.
Last weekend, the “sibs” from our Fall 2017 Sibshops joined us for a reunion in our new Natick clinic. We all had a great time completing swing challenges, collaborating over “Ned’s Head,” playing balloon volleyball, and taking zip line rides into the ball pit. It was wonderful for the sibs to spend some time catching up with one another. Everyone had so much fun!
Our Spring 2018 round of Sibshops is currently in session for children aged 3-6. Stay tuned for dates of upcoming programs or visit our website for more information.
At the BAC, we pride ourselves on working together to treat the whole child. As a multidisciplinary clinic, our physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists regularly collaborate to ensure we are treating our patients as effectively as possible! We also have the unique opportunity to offer co-treats to maximize therapeutic collaboration. It is a powerful (and fun!) combination for many of our hard working kids!
Balloon Volleyball is a fun activity to play with limited supplies! This is a great game to promote positive social skills. Further, it addresses visual motor skills, core strength to hold various positions (i.e. the pictured high knee position), coordination and body/spatial awareness. This is an easy activity to adapt or modify to meet a child’s individual needs.
Over the last few months, Jess Wilson, writer of “Diary of a Mom”, has presented the BAC staff with a five-part lecture series. Jess stimulated thought provoking discussion among clinicians and provided a multitude of resources for our occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech-language pathologists. Through lecture, readings, and discussion, Jess helped staff to integrate ideas surrounding inclusion for those with disabilities into our current therapy practice. She offered a unique perspective as both a mother and friend to individuals with disabilities. Topics have included neuropsychological evaluations, language surrounding professional feedback to families and caregivers, as well as specific treatment suggestions. Jess provided the BAC with exceptional understanding, awareness, and insight. Our staff is incredibly thankful to have learned from her!
This week we are focusing on crab walking which requires activation of the shoulders, abdominal muscles, and legs to perform. This exercise requires coordination of the upper and lower body as well as endurance. Try racing each other for added fun! First crab to the finish line WINS!