Hemiplegia Summer Camp

Important Dates for 2017

March 22 - Applications due by 5 p.m.

March 29 - Camper notification email

April 5 - Camper acceptance deadline

June 14–21: Helping Kids with Hemiplegia camp

Summer camp is a quintessential childhood experience. But motor impairment may make traditional programs out of reach for your child. That’s why UNC Children’s offers Helping Kids with Hemiplegia, a therapeutic day camp for kids ages 4 to 10 with motor impairment on one side of their bodies.

The camp, founded by UNC Children’s occupational therapist, Holly Holland, and staffed by licensed occupational and physical therapists and student volunteers, incorporates modified constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) into fun, goal-oriented games and activities. As a parent, you’ll attend concurrent educational programming and social gatherings. Since 2005, more than 200 children and their families have attended this annual 10-day summer program.

We have a new online application/questionnaire. Just click on HKC Camp Application 2017 to fill it out and submit it electronically. All applications submitted electronically will receive confirmation of receipt within 2 days.

All applicants must also submit a prescription for an OT Evaluation with their application/questionnaire. Please email prescription to

Completed Camp Applications, including your questionnaire and prescription for OT Evaluations, are due March 22, 2017 (5pm EST). Applications are considered incomplete until we have received both the application questionnaire and OT Evaluation prescription.

(Application/questionnaires and your prescription for an OT Evaluation can also be mailed or faxed to us. See mailing address and fax number on the application/questionnaire. Applications sent by mail or fax will receive confirmation of receipt within a week of receipt.)

Helping Kids Camp Flyer 2017

Is Camp Right for My Family?

During Helping Kids with Hemiplegia, your child will participate in fun, creative activities. But be aware that days can be long and strenuous. That’s because constraint-induced movement therapy immobilizes your child’s able arm, placing it in a cast, while rehabilitating the affected arm through focused activities and exercises.

You and your child must be able to commit to attending all eight consecutive days of camp. We require one parent per child to volunteer for at least six hours during camp.

We encourage you to contact us with questions if you’re not sure whether camp is a good fit for your child.

Who is Eligible?

Helping Kids with Hemiplegia is for children ages 4 to 10 who:

  • Have been diagnosed with hemiplegia
  • Are able to walk independently without an assistive device
  • Can demonstrate the ability to open and close their fingers
  • Are able to follow directions
  • Can participate in camp activities for six full hours per day without a parent present
  • Are not subject to uncontrolled seizures

Helping Kids Camp Is Free

Your child and family pay no registration or program fees for Helping Kids with Hemiplegia thanks to generous private donations, fundraising events, grants, volunteers and families. A $100 tax-deductible donation is encouraged to help sustain our program. Other costs may include:

  • Pre-camp evaluation – Your child will need pre-camp occupational therapy evaluation, which may be billed to insurance.
  • Food – You’re responsible for providing a sack lunch for your child and any other family member attending camp.
  • Housing – You’re responsible for your own lodging during camp; UNC Medical Center has discounted rates at several area hotels.

How to Apply

Helping Kids with Hemiplegia is limited to 35 campers.

North Carolina residents receive first preference. Then, all other criteria equal, we give preference to children with fewer Helping Kids with Hemiplegia experiences. If your child doesn’t get one of the available spots, he or she will be placed on the waitlist.

Contact Us

Contact camp director Holly Holland to learn more about Helping Kids with Hemiplegia therapeutic summer day camp.

Patient Stories

Learn how Helping Kids with Hemiplegia has helped children like Will and Peyton improve their dexterity through CIMT.

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