Helping Kids with Hemiplegia Summer Camp 2020

Important Dates for 2020

March 20 - Applications due by 12 noon (EST)

March 27 - Camper notification emails sent

June 17-24: 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 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.

Just click on the online application link, Helping Kids Camp Application, fill it out and submit it electronically. All applications will receive confirmation of receipt within one week.

Completed camp applications are due no later than March 20, 2020 (12 noon EST). Applications received after the deadline will not be considered for placement.

(Applications can also be emailed or faxed to us. See contact information below.)

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?


To apply for a space at camp just fill out our online application. Applications are due on March 20, 2020 at 12 Noon (EST). Applicants will receive an email confirmation of receipt within a week of submission. If you do not receive a confirmation, we have not received your application. Please keep a copy of your application for your records.

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.

Notifications of camp acceptance or waitlist will be emailed March 27, 2020.

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 would like to apply to become a volunteer, please email us at, be sure to include your name, school, area of study and year.


To make an online donation, go to our online support page. Add your donation amount and add to cart. Follow Directions for payment.

Thank you for your support!

Contact Us

Contact us by email to learn more about Helping Kids with Hemiplegia CIMT therapeutic summer day camp. Helping Kids Camp Email.

If you would like to mail or FAX your application please send to: Holly Holland, OTR/L at North Carolina Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Services - Occupational/Physical Therapy Department CB7600, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. FAX#: 984-974-9789

Patient Stories

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

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