What is the Therasuit Method® Intensive Program?
Therasuit Method Intensive Program (sometimes called TMIP) is an intensive individualized therapy program that accelerates functional progress. The program uses the Therasuit® (a soft canvas suit with bungee-like cords attached) and the Universal Exercise Unit (“Spider Cage”) to allow the child to learn new & correct patterns of movement through strengthening and functional skills practice. The Therasuit Program is ideal for those looking to meet functional goals at an accelerated rate as compared to traditional therapy.
Goals of the Therasuit Progam
- Improve independence with activities of daily living (self-care, feeding & dressing)
- Improve body awareness
- Improve motor skills
- Improve balance and coordination
Therasuit Method Intensive Program is currently offered at our Main Campus and Brandon locations. TheraSuit Method trained occupational therapists and physical therapists use this approach to develop an individualized treatment plan for each child. TMIP includes a three-hour session, five days a week, for three weeks.
A typical session includes:
- Warm up and massage
- Tone reduction and sensory integration techniques
- Stretching & strengthening exercises
- Balance, coordination and endurance training
- Transfers, functional activities and gait training
Who is a Candidate?
- Children 2 ½ years and older
- Children with neurological conditions including Cerebral Palsy, developmental delay, traumatic brain injury, stroke, muscle tone disorders, spinal cord injury, Spina Bifida, etc.
- Children with sensory processing disorders
- Children with genetic disorders including Down Syndrome
- Children in need of post-op rehabilitation such as post tendon releases, botox, rhizotomy, etc.
How Do I Get Started?
- Contact All Children’s Hospital Main Campus, 727-767-4257 or All Children’s Specialty Care of Brandon, 813-436-5900 for an application.
- Obtain a prescription for Intensive Occupational Therapy & Physical Therapy five times per week.
Once We Get Started, What Should I Expect?
- The Therasuit Progam is 3-hours a day, 5 days a week (Monday through Friday) for 3 weeks.
- Each session consists of approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes each of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy.
- Therasuit Progam sessions include the use of heat and massage as well as other therapeutic techniques to assist in stretching and strengthening the muscles.
- Therasuit Progam consists of three components: the Universal Exercise Unit, the Therasuit, and the “Spider”/Exercise Cage.
- Therasuit Progam is an INTENSIVE therapy program. This program WILL CHALLENGE your child, helping them to make maximal gains in strength and function in a short amount of time.
- WORK!! This is the key component of the Therasuit Progam. Your child will be monitored closely and given necessary breaks for rest and a healthy snack/drink as provided by parent(s).
- We have found in the past that children who participate in this program may initially respond with some resistance (i.e. crying and fussing). Although we monitor the child’s response and adjust the progression of the program accordingly, we have found this to be difficult for some families. If this is the case, we may request that you leave the room for a period of time in order to help your child work through this stage.
- When not participating directly in therapy, you are welcome to leave the waiting room and visit locations within walking distance of our department. In order for us to have immediate contact with you at all times, you must have a cell phone on your person and leave the number with the treating therapist. For the first two weeks you are not expected to attend the whole session each day with your child.
- The last week of Therasuit Progam, the caregiver is required to be available to attend each of the final five sessions to receive instruction on a tailored home program for your child.