Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy vs. Bimanual Therapy for Children with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy
About half the children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (CP) experience limitations in activities of daily living and involvement in education, leisure, and other occupational activities due to impairment in hand and arm function (Tevahauta, Girolami, and Øberg, 2017).
Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) is a common intervention for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (Chen, Pope, Tyler, and Warren, 2014). By restraining the unaffected arm during functional participation, CIMT aims to increase spontaneous use of the affected arm (Dong, Tung, Siu & Fong, 2013).
Bimanual therapy (BIT) is also implemented with this population and includes intensive training in functional bimanual tasks and play. The aim of this treatment is to improve the coordination of both arms through meaningful, structured activities (Dong, et al., 2013).
WMU ScholarWorks Citation
Harroun, Rachael and Wirtz, Emily, "Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy vs. Bimanual Therapy for Children with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy" (2019). Occupational Therapy Graduate Student Evidenced-Based Research Reviews. 49.