Wednesday, 17 January 2007
We now have a more medical term for Violet's right hand side not moving as much as her left. It's called Hemiplegia. Hemiplegia is a form of Spastic Cerebral Palsy which refers to one arm and leg on either the right or left side of the body being affected.
Violet's (OT) Occupational Therapist has decided to try what's called Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) for her right hand/arm. It forces the use of the affected side by restraining the unaffected side using a specially made mitt. Hoping to reverse the learned non-use of the limb. This treatment approach is also referred to as 'forced use'.
Sounds a bit harsh, but we are willing to give it a go, as we have nothing to lose. Violet is now 17 months and becoming very frustrated and angry at herself, by not being able to do things that she sees everyone else doing.
She has been asked to participate in a study the hospital is conducting for children with Cerebral Palsy. It is trialling constraint-induced therapy and comparing it to standard occupational therapy. The study goes for 6 months. So we will have to be committed to the 6 months. This also involves 2 hours per day, 7 days a week for 8 weeks straight of intense therapy. Should be starting that study sometime around March.