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WHAT IS

Dynamic Movement Intervention Therapy?

DMI is a comprehensive intervention that incorporates current research on neurorehabilitation, technologies, and methodologies. 

This therapeutic technique is used by physical and occupational therapists to treat children with gross motor impairments by improving and/or provoking a desired action with great emphasis on alignment, sensory integration, and function. The goal is to promote progress toward developmental milestones.

Who IS

Dynamic Movement Intervention Therapy For?

Regardless of level of cognition and extent of neurological deficit or damage, affected children benefit from DMI motor intervention as it pertains to stimulating neuroplasticity in the developing brain. After a brief assessment, the therapist will identify areas of potential growth, which will guide treatment. 

The therapist will manipulate the child to encourage novel movements in a more typical pattern. Exercises are repeated until these movements become automatic, which results in improved balance and function.  Exercises are conducted on a tabletop or the floor based on the child’s abilities.  Exercises involve movement against gravity, progressively more challenging support, provocation of desired movements, postural and strength challenges.

Dynamic Movement Intervention Therapy focuses on:

– continuously increasing the challenge to encourage the child to respond with greater independence.
– continuously increasing the challenge to encourage the child to respond with greater independence.
– improving postural control is a common thread through most exercises.
– improving actions and skills that lead to attaining milestones such as rolling, sitting, standing, walking.

What to find out more about DMI Therapy

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