On June 26, 2021 we wrapped the 15th Helping Kids with Hemiplegia - CIMT Camp and we had a blast.
Helping Kids with Hemiplegia - CIMT Camp 2022
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 a diagnosis of hemiplegic cerebral palsy.
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 400 children and their families have attended this annual 8-day summer program.
If you are interested in attending camp in the summer of 2022 please check back with us on February, 1, 2022 for camp dates and the online application.
Application deadline: March 15, 2022.
Is Camp Right for My Family?
During Helping Kids with Hemiplegia CIMT Camp, your child will participate in fun, creative activities. Please be aware that days can be long and strenuous. That’s because constraint-induced movement therapy immobilizes your child’s dominant 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 days of camp. In addition, as a volunteer-based organization, we require one parent per child to volunteer for at least one(1) full camp day. Most families find this to be a great opportunity to see what their kids are up to during the week and get to know other families.
Parents and caregivers, please consider whether CIMT is right for your child. These are fun yet, long and strenuous days for our campers. Not all children tolerate constraint therapy. If you have questions about your child, please contact us.
Who is Eligible?
Helping Kids with Hemiplegia is for children ages 4 to 10 who:
● Have been diagnosed with hemiplegic cerebral palsy
● 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
Helping Kids with Hemiplegia CIMT Camp does not charge registration or program fees 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 a pre-camp occupational therapy evaluation, which may be billed to insurance.
● Food – You’re responsible for providing lunch for your child and any other family member attending camp.
● Housing – You’re responsible for your own lodging during camp. Upon acceptance, hotel information will be shared with camp families.
How Do I Apply?
If you are interested in attending camp in the summer of 2022 please check back with us on February, 1, 2022 for camp dates and the online application. Application deadline: March 15, 2022.
Helping Kids with Hemiplegia CIMT Camp receives a large number of applications each year that often exceed the 35 spaces available for campers. We do our best to accommodate all applicants. If this is not possible, NC Residents will receive first preference in the application process. Then, if all other criteria are equal, we will give preference to children with fewer Helping Kids Camp experiences. Please know our selection team carefully considers each child while also creating well balanced and age appropriate camp groups to ensure a positive experience for all campers. If your child is not accepted, they will be placed on the waitlist.
How Do I Become A Volunteer?
You know the saying, “It takes a Village”, well it truly does at the Helping Kids with Hemiplegia CIMT Camp. Our camp is fully staffed by volunteers and it takes over 150 volunteers to make the 8 days of camp a success.
Check out this video to get an inside look at the camp experience and hear directly from our volunteers about their experiences. This is an invaluable, hands on opportunity for PT/OT students, undergraduate students interested in related fields or, if you are interested in working with children. Volunteers must be 18 years old, attend a pre camp training/orientation and be available to work a minimum of two full days.
If you are a student interested in becoming a volunteer please submit the Student Volunteer Interest Form. If you are a therapist interested in becoming a volunteer please submit the Therapist Volunteer Interest Form.
Contact us by email to learn more about Helping Kids with Hemiplegia CIMT therapeutic summer day camp. Helping Kids Camp Email.