Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI)

Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI)

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.

DMI is a psychomotor therapy designed to facilitate the development of gross motor skills in children with neurological, genetic, and developmental disorders.

DMI therapy provides children with the opportunity to learn body movement and control and how to operate in a more biomechanically effective and efficient manner.

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.
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During a treatment session the child will complete many different exercises which provide novel and varied sensory and motor challenges and each exercise is repeated around 5 times. 

Exercises may be repeated from session to session until the 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.

DMI Therapy works well in conjunction with other therapeutic techniques and therapy equipment. These are often combined in a treatment session to provide better alignment and enhance optimal outcomes.

Who Can Benefit From DMI?

DMI can benefit infants and children with atypical motor development caused by a non-degenerative condition affecting the central nervous system. Conditions may include:

  • Motor delays related to hypoxic or premature birth
  • Cerebral Palsy 
  • Down Syndrome
  • Global Developmental Delay
  • Spina bifida 

DMI can be implemented from as young as 3 months of age and continued up until controlled independent walking is achieved (therapy may be limited by the child’s size and weight).

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much"

– Helen Keller

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