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Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI)

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Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI) is a therapy used by the integrated team at CPotential to treat children with motor delays. DMI draws on current research in neurorehabilitation and is based on the theory of neuroplasticity linked to the brain’s ability to recover or form new pathways and movements. Through a set of prescribed exercises, DMI works to provoke specific responses and movements that promote progress towards developmental milestones in children with motor delays.

Find out more about the founders and origin of DMI Therapy.

As a therapy, DMI focuses on:

  • Gross motor skills
  • Alignment and postural control
  • Range of motion
  • Balance
  • Functional movements (working towards milestones such as sitting, rolling, standing, walking)

How is DMI implemented into a therapy session?

Girl in DMI session with therapist and fatherAfter an assessment, the therapist will identify areas to set goals related to functional movements, such as working towards sitting or standing. Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI) can be implemented in a variety of ways:

  1. DMI involves the trained therapist moving and handling the child to facilitate certain movements and responses.
  2. As the therapy progresses, the therapist may start to use small pieces of equipment to challenge the child, such as planks and boxes.
  3. DMI works well in conjunction with other therapeutic techniques and therapy equipment. This complements the integrated model of practice at CPotential (children accessing multiple therapeutic techniques to support development).

Exercises include movement against gravity, challenging strength and posture, as well as movements that challenge sensory processing. During a treatment session, the child will complete many different exercises which provide sensory and motor challenges. Each exercise is repeated until the movements become automatic.

Who is DMI suitable for?

Children diagnosed with any type of motor delay including conditions such as; Down Syndrome, Cerebral palsy, global developmental delay, hypotonia, chromosomal abnormalities/genetic disorders, premature birth, spinal cord lesions or acquired brain injury may benefit from this form of therapy.

How can DMI help my child?

DMI Therapy combines techniques to accelerate the improvement of gross motor skills. The benefits of DMI include integrating specialised exercises that continuously increase the challenges presented to a child to help improve gross motor skills, alignment and postural control, range of motion, and balance with an overall result to improve and progress functional movements such as rolling, sitting, standing, and walking.

We make sure that the sessions stay child-focused so that children feel like they are playing even though they are working hard.

How much is DMI?

See baseline fees here.

There is a fee of £45 for an initial assessment to access all CPotential services.

How do I book a DMI session?

Please complete our form below and we’ll be in touch soon to arrange an initial assessment.

 

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