Schreiber Pediatric Offers NEW and Exclusive Constraint Therapy Program

(LANCASTER, Pa.) – Schreiber Pediatric is one of just eight nationally accredited outpatient pediatric rehabilitation facilities in the entire nation and now it’s also one of just four national facilities that offer Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT). CIMT is a treatment program that limits the use of the dominant arm in a pediatric patient in order to strengthen and facilitate movement in the affected arm. In other areas of the country, a two-year waiting list hinders most families from receiving treatment that’s now available for the very first time here in Lancaster.

Occupational Department Head and therapist, Kristen Schreiber, was recently certified in this new therapeutic practice at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The CMIT program starts with an intense three week regimen consisting of three hours of therapy a day, five days a week, with an additional home program during off hours. After the initial treatment, the child receives weekly follow-ups for up to four weeks and continues a home treatment program.

Children over the age of two with cerebral palsy, or who have suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury, are good candidates and often have very positive results including functional strength and quality of movement in their injured extremity.

Seven-year-old Eden Grosh, daughter of Teresa and Thomas of Mount Joy, will finish her third week of treatment this Friday, August 25 (cast removal will take place on Thursday). She is the first patient at Schreiber Pediatric using CIMT as part of her treatment.