Before The Intensive Begins:
Prior to the start of your child’s intensive, we will establish a functional, attainable goal. Our team will then work on a plan and customize your child’s treatment to their unique needs.
What To Expect In Each Treatment Session:
Every session begins with the use of hot packs and gentle massage or joint compressions to prep the muscles for work. Next, the child will complete a set of specific individualized strengthening exercises utilizing the UEU pulley system. The child then moves into the spider cage to continue their strengthening in a functional, supported manner. This may be followed by additional functional work outside of the cage. All exercises are carefully selected to reach our functional goal. We are creative and strive to make each session enjoyable for the child.
Universal Exercise Unit (UEU)
The UEU, often referred to as the cage, incorporates the use of a pulley system and bungees. Strengthening in the pulley system helps to target specific muscles groups and isolate weaker muscles. The other use for the UEU is with bungee suspensions. Often times in therapy, it is difficult to ensure the child is maintaining their alignment or sometimes they are too big to handle. The use of the bungee suspensions allows the therapist to ensure the child is well-aligned while performing functional activities while keeping the therapist’s hands-free to assist in the activity. The suspension also allows a child to feel independence without someone always holding them.