Thursday, February 16, 2012

In my therapy bag...a safety pin

As promised yesterday, here is a simple way to promote the use of the more affected arm in a child with hemiplegia. I simply used a safety pin to hold the unaffected arm close to the body. (Caution! This should only be done under CLOSE supervision, as it WILL affect the child's ability to maintain balance! Also, this should only be done for short periods of time, as it does inhibit the use of the unaffected arm, thereby limiting the child's ability to complete tasks that require the use of both arms.)

With that said, it can be a great way to work on grasping items and playing with toys using the affected arm!

What are your favorite ways to promote the use of the affected arm in children with hemiplegia?

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