Monday, February 27, 2012

Casting for Constraint Induced Therapy

We are on our way to a neighboring city to get Jack's right arm casted. We have decided to give Constraint Induced Therapy (CIT) a try. Honestly, I am pretty nervous about the next three weeks. Jack does everything with his right arm and hand and I know he is going to be so confused about why he suddenly has a huge cast over his whole arm. I'm sure he'll get pretty frustrated, too.

The idea behind this kind of therapy is that by casting Jack's good arm, it will force his left arm into action. His brain will go into overdrive to quickly re-wire (around damaged areas) to get his affected arm working - something called Neuroplasticity. Research has shown CIT to have a high success rate, so we are cautiously optimistic.

I will let you all know how the casting goes!


P.S. You didn't think I'd leave you without a cute Jack picture, did ya?

Jack and Daddy cuddling this past weekend. 

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8 comments:

kmurphy said...

Good luck Jack!

CIT is one of the options our therapist mentioned for down the road. I'm rooting for you guys and looking forward to reading about how it goes.

Babs said...

Good luck, Jack!

Deidre Sieck said...

My Finn is about 14 mo younger than Jack and has left hemiplegic CP from a grade IV IVH at birth (24 weeker). We started CIT about 3 weeks ago. We do with a hard splint which is removeable. He wears it for about 8 hours a day while he is at daycare and then at home on the weekends. He gets OT via EI 1x a week and we added an extra hour of private during this time. So hard to fit it all in as I work full time. Anyway we have seen HUGE improvements in a short period of time. He really does not mind the spint at all and will give you his arm to put it on. He was frustrated at mealtime in trying to feed himself at first but has done pretty well there too. I have seen the most gains I think in his use of the left for bimanuel tasks when the spint is off. He easily manipulates legos now and will now place his left hand on riding/push toys.

I am so glad we started early. We will give him a break after his 7 weeks is up and then revisit in the future. I really wanted him to do a camp this summer but most wont take him this young (he'll be 2 in July). Can't wait to hear how Jack does. I bet he surprises you...don't they always!

Aidan and Evanna said...

I have been praying for Jack, he will respond well on the therapy!

Michelle said...

I'll be praying for Jack. I hope you guys see some great results, and I hope he doesn't mind it too much. Best of luck!

Emily Real said...

Hope it goes well without too much frustration for Jack OR mom and dad. And, I'm so glad you didn't leave me hanging without a cute Jackpants picture. ;)

Abby said...

He is just a beautiful child. Good luck with the CIT!

Mr and Mrs Hasler said...

GO Jack! I know you can do it!! You are super Jack and you are my super hero.

Love

Felix
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