Grounded in world-class medical research, the award-winning Breathe Magic Intensive Therapy Programme gives young people access to 78 hours of intensive therapy and transforms them into young magicians! Specialist occupational therapists work alongside Magic Circle magicians to teach magic tricks designed to develop hand and arm function, self-confidence and independence.
Approximately 1 in 1400 young people have a diagnosis of cerebral palsy of these it is thought that 0.8 young people in 1000 live births has a diagnosis of hemiplegic cerebral palsy in the first few years of life and a further 0.2 young people in every 1000 acquire hemiplegia later in life following a brain injury (Contact, 2020, Oskoui, 2013 & Sellier, 2016).
Due to inconsistencies in service provision across the UK the majority of young people with hemiplegia have no access to intensive bimanual (two-handed) therapies despite this approach receiving a ‘Green Light’ in systematic reviews (Novak et al., 2013 & 2019) and despite being supported by NICE guidelines (CG145, 2012 & 2016).’
Breathe Arts Health Research has designed, researched and delivered an innovative treatment incorporating specially selected magic hand tricks that provoke specific two handed actions and interplays and theatre skills into the a Hand-Arm Bimanual Intensive Therapy (HABIT) and goal oriented therapy programme for children and young people with hemiplegia.