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Welcome to the Kennedy Krieger Institute hemiplegia blog. This blog’s purpose is to keep you updated on our new and innovative programs, highlight our participants achievements, update you on recent hemiplegia research and to share tips, tricks and resources.

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July 2018: Toys to Improve Grasping and Releasing Ability

Our toy recommendation series continues with a list of toys that require moving items in and out of containers. Read more >

June 2018: Toys to Encourage Pushing and Pulling Movements

In this post, we compile a list of toys your child can play with to improve their two-handed skills. Read more >

May 2018: The Very Hungry Caterpillar: 3 Craft Ideas

This month, we're welcoming the new season with a list of craft activities inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar, one of our favorite springtime stories. Read more >

April 2018: Finger Movements

A list of activities that require finger movements and pointing motions. Read more >

March 2018: Wrist Extension Activities

This month, we've compiled a list of activities meant to help improve your child's ability to extend their wrist. Read more >

February 2018: Supination Activities Continued

Our supination series continues with a new list of supination-improving activities. Read more >

January 2018: Supination Activities

We begin the new year with a list of activities intended to improve your child's ability to supinate. Read more >

December 2017: Incorporating Grasping and Releasing into Your Child's Daily Routine

We conclude our series about grasping and releasing techniques with a final list of various grasping and releasing activities you can incorporate into your child's daily routine. Read more >

November 2017: Grasping and Releasing During Play

A list of play activities your child can partake in that will refine their grasping and releasing ability. Read more >

October 2017: Grasping and Releasing

In this post, we discuss various ways you can help your child improve their grasping and releasing ability with exercises that can easily be incorporated into their daily routine or playtime activities. Read more >

September 2017: Meal Preparation

Pizza cutters can do more than just cut pizza! Discover how this kitchen utensil can be used to make meal preparations easier. Read more >

August 2017: Carrying Laundry Baskets

Adaptation ideas to help make carrying heavy laundry baskets easier. Read more >

July 2017: Using the Internet to Find One-Handed Adaptations

A list of recommended activities to help your child improve supination. Read more >

December 2016: Activities to Improve Supination

A list of recommended activities to help your child improve supination. Read more >

November 2016: Releasing Objects

Encourage your child to work on releasing items from his or her hand with this list of activities. Read more >

October 2016: Activity Ideas to Work on Grasping

A list of activities to help your child improve their grasping ability. Read more >

September 2016: Back to School

A list of activities to encourage bilateral hand use that can be done both at home or at school. Read more >

August 2016: Therapeutic Taping for Kids with Hemiplegia

Use therapeutic taping to help normalize your child's posture and encourage more symmetrical movement patterns. Read more >

July 2016: Summer Fun - Bimanual Activity Ideas for Children with Hemiplegia

A list of ways to encourage ongoing development of bimanual skills over the summer months. Read more >

June 2016: Grocery Store Tips for Children with Hemiplegia

Ideas on how to incorporate bilateral hand skills while grocery shopping with your child. Read more >

May 2016: Animal Assisted Therapy

Learn how animal assisted therapy and working with animals including dogs and horses at Kennedy Krieger helps patients meet their rehabilitation goals. Read more >

April 2016: Spring Activities for Children with Hemiplegia

A list of activities that will give your child the opportunity to use both hands while they spend time outside this season. Read more >

March 2016: Grooming and Bathing Tips for Children with Hemiplegia

Ideas on how to make grooming and bathing easier for your child. Read more >

February 2016: Parent Q&A - Encouraging Your Child to Use Their Affected Hand

Tips to help your child use their affected hand more. Read more >

January 2016: 8 Ideas for Adapting Trikes and Bikes for Children with Hemiplegia

Ideas on how to modify bicycles and tricycles to make them safe for kids. Read more >

December 2015: Ideas for Wrapping Gifts with Kids

Here are some tips for wrapping gifts with kids. Read more >

November 2015: Sweater Weather

Here are a few tips to help problem solve putting on and taking off coats and sweaters. Read more >

October 2015: Halloween Fun for Kids with Hemiplegia

Here are some ideas to encourage kids to use both their hands to get ready for this spooky holiday. Read more >

September 2015: Hair Do's

Washing and putting your hair up can be challenging when you have difficulty using two hands. Try these tricks to improve your skills. Read more >

August 2015: Typing

Tips on typing with hemiplegia. Read more >

July 2015: Program Therapists Author Chapters in Constraint Induced Bimanual Therapy (CIMT) Handbook

We are pleased to announce the recent publication of chapters in the Handbook of Pediatric Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) by our own Kennedy Krieger Institute therapists, Teressa Garcia Reidy, M.S., O.T.R./L, and Erin Naber, P.T., D.P.T. Read more >

June 2015: Brain Injury and Hemiplegia

Therapists consider several unique factors to implement constraint induced and bimanual therapy for children with a head injury. Read more >

May 2015: Aquatics

Specific properties of water allow an environment that maybe helpful in addressing the strength and mobility limitations associated with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Read more >

April 2015: Recreational Adaptations

Many families ask our therapists for recommendations for recreational activities that continue to promote strength, coordination and range of motion gained in our program. Here are some tips and suggestions to help make participation successful. Read more >

March 2015: Electrical Stimulation

Electrical stimulation can be used to strengthen muscles, re-educate muscles, target pain reduction, improve coordination, increase range of movement and reduce spasticity. Read more >

February 2015: Gaming Technology

In recent years, a number of gaming devices have become commercially available and are quickly being incorporated into children’s rehabilitation programs. When choosing a device or gaming system, a therapist considers multiple factors. Read more >

January 2015: New Year, New Schedule

Start out the new year with a new morning routine that has jobs for both hands. Read more >

December 2014: Holiday Crafts and Baking

Convenient tools for crafts, and encouraging two-hand use while baking. Read more >

November 2014: One-Hand Cooking Devices

We found some neat devices for cooking that can be used with just one hand. Read more >

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