Occupational Therapy: RU Alum Leads Self-Help Skill Programs for Kids

Lindie was born with a stroke at birth
and her right side is weaker than her left. And so we cast her left side for
three of the four weeks and then she’s forced to use right hand, right arm and
so forth for the whole entire camp. I have been doing constraint-induced
movement therapy research since 2010 at Rockhurst University.
Everything is occupation-based. For children that’s gonna be engaging in
play, in self-help skills like feeding themselves, dressing, cutting and
coloring. Occupation is kind of always ingrained into whatever we do within
this constraint-induced movement therapy program. This week our theme is storybook
week. And so we start each day with our welcome song and then we’ll read the
story that is the theme of the day. And then we try to pull out some different
themes that are in the book. If they’re weaker arm is
able to work better, then hopefully in their day-to-day they’re more free to
play the way they like to play or to get dressed and do their bathroom skills the
way they need to do and to go to school. As a parent, you just want the best for
your kiddo and you just want things to be normal and just to see her grow and
to grow as any other normal kid is the best thing you can ask for from the
situation we were put in.

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