This treatment is based upon fifteen years of research and clinical application using the ACQUIREc form of pediatric constraint-induced movement therapy. ACQUIREc was developed by Dr. Stephanie DeLuca and Dr. Karen Echols who are both former researchers at the UAB Civitan International Resesarch Center and Sparks Clinics. The word "acquire" exemplifies the overall goal of this intensive occupational therapy treatment, to acquire new skills and function for children participating in this therapy while the subscript "c" indicates the important component of casting. We are excited to continue offering pediatric constraint-induced movement therapy based upon the research and clinical findings of the ACQUIREc Therapy Model. Our program consists of occupational therapists that have undergone extensive training in the ACQUIREc protocol and process.
IOT currently offers three Treatment Protocols to children with a neurological disability and are ages 14 months to 18 years. Our treatment protocols are administered in a natural, home-like environment for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 4 weeks. We also offer Mini Sessions for shorter treatment times based on the child's needs. As occupational therapists, we incorporate the child's activities of daily living, age appropriate play activities, and engagement in community outings as parts of the child's treatment during the month. And as result we find the children quickly adjust to their new routine and the pace of treatment as they explore their developing skills in everyday activities.
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To construct and administer feasible, effective and evidenced-based occupational therapy services, both locally and globally, for children with hemiplegia/hemiparesis to increase their independence in every area of life.
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Katera L. Abrams MS, OTR/L
Intensive Occupational Therapy Director Senior Treating Therapist
Katera first joined Intensive Occupational Therapy in 2008 as a treating therapist and became the director in 2013. She is a graduate of The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) with a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion. Katera received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from UAB in 2007 in which she received an Outstanding achievement award out of the School of Health Professions for her development of a community program within the Birmingham area. She is certified through the National Board of Occupational Therapy and licensed by the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy. Katera began her occupational therapy career providing constraint to the pediatric population and aiding in the development in the ACQUIREc protocol. She also gained a vast amount of experience in various settings with the pediatric population and older adults. She was lead occupational therapist in developing a low vision protocol, created a breast cancer rehabilitation program, and assisted in development in the ACQUIREc lower extremity protocol, and data coordination. Katera developed a passion for OT when her nieces were diagnosed with Cerebral palsy and Autism. She decided to devote her life to helping others to achieve their goals and increase their quality of life. Katera and her husband Adrian have resided in Birmingham since 1997 and have been raising their 4 children, ages 4-17. Katera enjoys spending time with her family and friends, helping those in need, photography, singing in the choir, and attending her boys’ numerous sporting events.
Marie F. Logan MS, OTR/L
Marie joined Intensive Occupational Therapy in 2014 and has a passion for working with children. She graduated from Auburn University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services and earned her Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2013. She is certified through the National Board of Occupational Therapy and licensed by the Alabama Board of Occupational Therapy. She has experience working in pediatric outpatient and adult acute care settings. Marie and her husband are both natives of Birmingham and enjoy spending time outdoors with their son and two dogs. She is also a proud supporter of the Shelby Humane Society and the Autism of Alabama Society.
Children are treated in the order in which treatment is requested.
1-800-822-2472; select option #5
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294
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Intensive Occupational Therapy Publications:
To cast or not to cast? by Corey W. Stone MS, OTR/L
Shoe Tying for Children with Motor Difficulties by Corey W. Stone MS, OTR/L
Muscle Work by Corey W. Stone MS, OTR/L
Can you imagine your life without the use of one of your hands? by Katera L. Abrams MS, OTR/L
Shaving Tips for Teenagers who have Hemiparesis By: Marie Logan, OTR/L
Recent Research on CIMT:
DeLuca, S.C., Case-Smith, J., Stevenson, R., Ramey, S.L. (in press). Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) for young children with cerebral palsy: Effects of therapeutic dosage. J of Ped Rehab Med.
Case-Smith, J., DeLuca, S.C., Stevenson, R., Ramey, S.L. (in press). A multi-center randomized clinical trial of pediatric constraint-induced therapy in children with cerebral palsy. J of Occupt Therapy.
DeLuca, S.C., Echols, K., Ramey, S.L. (2007) ACQUIREc Therapy: A Training Manual for Effective Application of Pediatric Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy, MindNurture, Hillsborough, NC.
Aidan is an energetic two year old who experienced a stroke in utero that resulted in hemiplegia of his right side. As natives of Australia, Aidan’s mother Nadia heard about the IOT constraint program through an Australian TV news outlet and wondered if this therapy could help her son. Aidan and his family made the journey from Australia to Birmingham to receive IOT constraint therapy in 2014. Nadia stated that originally she was worried about how Aidan would handle the cast and duration of the therapy. However after a few days of treatment, she could see how well he adjusted to the pace of therapy. Aidan’s mother stated her favorite aspects about their time with the program were seeing her son’s improvements (i.e. using his right hand to eat with a fork or spoon), and his occupational therapist who she says was “amazing” with him. Having been through both traditional therapy in Australia and the constraint program at IOT, Nadia shares that both therapies are beneficial but she has seen more benefits with the constraint program. Since being home, Aidan has continued to make improvements with using his right hand and his speech. Nadia stated she would recommend the IOT program to other families and tell them that they will see amazing results. Nadia calls the IOT constraint program “the best decision I ever made” for her son.
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