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Here is a message from Isaiah’s mom:

Isaiah blowing bubbles during Camp Bennett 2010

“Last July 2010, Isaiah participated in the first ever Camp Bennett. Prior to the camp, Isaiah’s OT from CCS initiated Isaiah’s first experience with restraint therapy by collaborating with Kaiser. Isaiah became Kaiser’s pioneer child for a trial constraint therapy program. Isaiah wore a removable bi-valve cast for at least 10 hrs per day for about 2 months. This particular trial was difficult because Isaiah was not placed in a group setting. He was mainly at home with me (mom) trying to go about his normal routine with his dominant hand casted off. OT and PT sessions were easier than the home-based therapy setting, but he struggled everyday. Isaiah was progressing, but he was unhappy.”

“Camp Bennett was a totally new and surprising challenge for Isaiah. At camp, he was surrounded by kids that looked like him, ran like him, and had casts like him. The ‘peer pressure’ was amazing for Isaiah. The group/peer setting did wonders for Isaiah’s confidence. He was able to tolerate the cast for the entirety of the camp sessions, without throwing a fit. I believe that it is much easier for Isaiah to participate in constraint therapy if he is able to play with children like him versus being the only child in a medical-therapy setting.”

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