At NAPA Center, we use the Intensive Model of Therapy (IMOT) when treating children with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders. This treatment model is increasingly used throughout the world as patients, therapists, and doctors recognize it’s many benefits and outstanding results. NAPA therapists create a customized program for each patient that varies in time, duration, intensity, and tools used. Children often advance to the next developmental skill or higher during the three-week program. For example, if a child is using a walker, it is not uncommon for them to gain the strength, balance and ability to walk with crutches.
Utilizing a team of highly trained and dedicated therapists, our intensive program’s renowned success is built upon the interdisciplinary collaboration of OT, PT, and ST, therapists. Children of all ages starting as young as 10 months through young adulthood and beyond may benefit from our intensive therapy program utilizing various modalities such as the Neurosuit, Multifunctional Therapy Unit (SpiderCage), Dynamic Movement Intervention, and VitalStim to name a few. For more information on these modalities and more, please explore our links below.
NAPA therapists utilize the IMOT by treating patients 2-6 hours a day, five days a week, for three full weeks. The three-week intensive program is based on strengthening and conditioning, decreasing unwanted reflexes, and teaching new and improved motor patterns through repetition and correct alignment.
A unique feature of the intensive physical therapy program is that it includes time to thoroughly prepare the patient to exercise. Time is also spent in the Universal Exercise Unit which is a highly effective method of strengthening, increasing endurance, balance and functional skills such as kneeling or sitting to standing with less assistance. The time and duration of each intensive varies depending on the patient’s diagnosis, age, stamina, strengths/weaknesses, and other factors.
If you think your child or loved one may benefit from intensive therapy at NAPA, you can view our intensive therapy schedule below to submit your registration request. Not sure where to start? We’d love to hear about your child’s specific needs and share with you all that we have to offer him or her at NAPA. Feel free to contact our team to begin the journey to creating an individualized therapy solution!