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 Health offers Helping Kids with Hemiplegia - CIMT Camp, a therapeutic day camp for kids ages 4 to 10 with a diagnosis of hemiplegic cerebral palsy.
The camp was founded in 2005 by UNC Health's Holly Holland, OTR/L, ATP, who serves as co-director with Kerry Blazek, PT, DPT, PCS, CNT.
Camp is staffed by licensed occupational and physical therapists and student volunteers. We incorporate a modified constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) into fun, goal-oriented games and activities for campers. More than 400 children and their families have attended this annual summer program.
If you are interested in attending camp please submit the online application by Monday, March 14, 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 six days of camp.
Parents and caregivers, please consider whether CIMT in a camp environment is right for your child. These are fun yet long and strenuous days for our campers. Not all children enjoy sensory stimulating environments such as Helping Kids with Hemiplegia CIMT camp. If you have questions about your child, please contact us. UNC does offer alternative treatment options for participation in CIMT in the clinic setting.
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
- Can follow Covid safety protocols and wear a face mask
Helping Kids Camp Is Free
Helping Kids with Hemiplegia-CIMT Camp does not charge a registration or program fee thanks to the generosity of private and corporate donors, camp fundraising events, grants and our all-volunteer staff. 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, please use the link below to submit the online application. APPLICATION DUE DATE: Monday, March 14, 2022.
NEW FOR 2022! - In addition to our online application we are asking applicants to submit a 10-30 second video of their child washing both of their hands. Once we have received your application, we will send detailed instructions on how to submit the video.
Helping Kids with Hemiplegia-CIMT Camp receives a large number of applications each year that often exceed the 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 automatically be placed on the waitlist.
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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.
Check out this video to get an inside look at the camp experience and hear testimony from our volunteers about their experiences. This is an invaluable, hands on opportunity for PT/OT students, undergraduate students interested in related fields or, those interested in working with children.
Volunteers must be 18 years old, attend a pre camp training/orientation/set up June 12, 2022 and be available to work each day for the duration of camp. Volunteers also need to complete HIPAA training and have a criminal background check prior to camp. Volunteers must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask and eye protection during camp.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please complete the this survey by April 15, 2022.
For logistical information please click here.