Super Learning with Treasure Island CIMT

Boy playing with cups

Treasure Island CIMT (Constraint Induced Movement Therapy) is an intensive 9-day program for children aged 4-9 years with hemiplegia (or monoplegia), that involves the rehabilitation of the weaker arm while restricting the stronger arm in a hand mitt or arm sling.

CIMT leverages the latest research around neuroplasticity of the brain, which has shown that improvements are lasting, with follow-up studies being done 6 months to 2 years after a program has completed.

Learn why parents and children love Treasure Island CIMT

The program is delivered in fun, play-based, pirate-themed activities and games that are designed to engage and strengthen your child’s affected arm, and is run by experienced occupational therapists who provide quality therapy techniques in a fun environment that will also help your child build self-esteem, self-confidence and develop friendships.

January 2020 – SOLD OUT

Register your interest for September sessions at CPA Croudace Bay and CPA Prairiewood.

28 September – 8 October 2020.

Call 1300 888 378 or email ask@cerebralpalsy.org.au today!

Not local? Ask us about travel scholarship.

Children aged 4-9 years with hemiplegia (or monoplegia), who are able to understand and follow simple instructions and cope in a group environment.

Children must attend the entire 9-day program.

Hemiplegia is a neurological condition that refers to weakness or paralysis of one side of the body, and is known as either congenital or acquired.

Congenital hemiplegia can happen anytime before, during or soon after birth (up to two years of age).

Hemiplegia can also be acquired at any stage in a child’s life, and can be caused by traumatic brain injury, childhood stroke, seizures, infections affecting the brain, or a hemispherectomy.

Limbs affected by hemiplegia may have weakness, a reduction of voluntary movement, or poor coordination and motor skills.

The benefits of CIMT Treasure Island include:

  • Improved range of movement
  • Improved muscle strength
  • Improved quality of movement
  • Increased amount of use of weaker arm
  • Increased motivation to use the weaker arm in function
  • Improved independence in everyday tasks

Improvements that can be achieved will highly depends on the amount of movement initially available and the child’s engagement during and outside the sessions.

CIMT includes a total of 56 hours of service:

  • 45 hours of one-on-one* therapy in a group setting runs over a nine-day period
  • 11 hours of one-on-one pre-assessment, goal setting and post-assessment meetings, parent coaching and an NDIS service summary report for your NDIS planning meeting.

*Group ratio is two children to one therapist however, each child will be supported one-to one-throughout the entire program alternating between an occupational therapist, allied health assistant and a 3rd or 4th year allied health student.

  • The use of a hand mitt or arm sling to constrain the non-affected arm while engaging your child with fun activities to motivate them to use their affected arm
  • A custom-designed home program to further develop their skills at home
  • Coaching for you to maximise the benefits of the home program
  • Reassessment at the end to see how much your child has progressed.
  • Intensive therapy accelerates improvements in gross motor skills in a short time period resulting in long lasting results.
  • During the preschool years a child learns various new gross motor skills which are vital for playing with their peers and building self-esteem.
  • Children who have already developed strong gross motor skills but just need to stabilize or perfect a skill often benefit most from intensive therapy.
  • Between the ages 6 -12 years children fine tune and perfect their gross motor skills. This is a key time to work on strengthening and improving skills obtained in early childhood.

Super Learner Ronan’s journey

We’ve done other intensive programs, but everyone who’s seen him since Treasure Island agreed they’ve seen more improvement by far, than any other program or therapies.
Parent of Treasure Island graduate.

Places are limited

Consideration for eligibility will be made on a first come first served basis. Advice is available on how to structure this using some of your NDIS funding.

To register your interest, or for further information call 1300 888 378 or email ask@cerebralpalsy.org.au.

I’m interested

 
I have seen so much improvement! I will always be thankful that Ella has learnt more ways to be independent and use both hands.
Renee
I wanted my son to gain some function in his weak hand and he did. It gave him confidence.
Pippa
It was fantastic. She's using her hand more and also learnt to work in a group and wait her turn.
Sarah