Camp All Hands on Deck

All Hands on Deck is a summer camp for children with hemiparesis, or weakness on one side of the body. This specialized camp provides a host of activities that incorporate bimanual therapy to help children develop both fine and gross motor skills. 


Summer Camp for Hemiparesis: Camp All Hands on Deck

Male Speaker: The Center for Rehabilitation at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is world renowned for improving the quality of life for children with various functional impairments. One of the conditions we treat is hemiparesis, or weakness on one side of the body often associated with cerebral palsy, or pediatric stroke.

Children with impaired function on one hand typically experience problems with day to day activities that can range from using the bathroom and eating, to difficulty participating in sports, music, or even playing video games. These physical impairments can impact social and emotional health and cause significant stress on the family.

One approach we use at CHOP to treat hemiparesis is bimanual therapy. A natural approach to rehabilitation that encourages the use of two hands together during meaningful play and daily activities. Our summer program, Camp All Hands On Deck, is focused on bimanual therapy combined with the unique experience, knowledge, and resources of CHOP's Division of Rehabilitation and Occupational and Physical Therapy departments.

This group of experienced therapists and dedicated volunteers provides an engaging one on one experience for each patient every day at camp. Campers spend their time participating in fun, age-appropriate activities that help develop fine and gross motor skills. These include board games, constructing models, swimming and dancing. Important every day activities such as cooking, cleaning, dressing, and making beds are strategically incorporated. By combining the practice of strategic movements with real life activities, and special experiences, the children are able to participate in 6-hour intense therapy sessions every day for two weeks while still feeling like campers and having fun.

This intensity and consistency leads to meaningful changes and progress. To further develop treatments and patient programs, we need help from thoughtful supporters like you. CHOP is a charitable, non-profit hospital and philanthropic gifts are vital to making tomorrow’s breakthroughs possible for children today.

Topics Covered: Pediatric Stroke, Hemorrhagic Stroke, Arterial Ischemic Stroke (AIS), Moyamoya Disease, Cerebral Sinovenous Thrombosis (CSVT), Cerebral Palsy

Related Centers and Programs: Center for Rehabilitation, Pediatric Stroke Program, Cerebral Palsy Program