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What is the TheraSuit Method® Intensive Program?

TheraSuit Method® Intensive Program 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.

Benefits 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
Intensive Overview
    TheraSuit Method® is now offered in at our outpatient clinic in Oakland, California. Our Physical therapists are trained and certified to develop an individualized therapy program that maximizes your child’s function and quality of life. This method is designed to train the brain and body to work together, utilizing high repetition of movement patterns in each session.

    TMIP includes a three-hour session, five days a week, for three weeks.

    A Daily session includes:
    • Warm up (hot packs) and massage (myofacial release)
    • Neuro-developmental techniques and sensory integration techniques
    • Stretching & strengthening exercises
    • Balance, coordination, and endurance training
    • Transfers, functional activities, and gait training

Candidates for this Method:

  • Children 2 ½ years old and young adults
  • Children with neurological conditions including Cerebral Palsy, developmental delay, traumatic brain injury, stroke, muscle tone disorders, spinal cord injury, Spina Bifida, etc.
  • Children in need of post-op rehabilitation such as post tendon releases, Botox, rhizotomy, etc.
  • Children with genetic disorders; e.g. Down Syndrome
  • Children with sensory processing disorders

Getting Started:

    Contact Graciela Pagano, PT (Certified TheraSuit®) at (510) 388-3664.    
    Obtain a prescription for Intensive Physical Therapy for three hours per day, five days per week.
    A modified program is also available (2 hours per day once or twice per week).

What to Expect during a Session:

  • Baby Builders’ TheraSuit® Program is 3-hours a day, 5 days a week (Monday through Friday) for 3 weeks.
  • Each session consists of approximately two 80 minutes (1hr.20 min.) of Physical Therapy with a 15-20 minute break: for rest, bathroom, eating a healthy snack/drink as provided by parent(s).
  • The program begins with a the use of moist heat and soft tissue work as well as other therapeutic techniques to assist in stretching and strengthening the muscles.
  • TheraSuit® Program components are: the Universal Exercise Unit, the TheraSuit®, and the “Spider”/Exercise Cage.
  • This method is designed to train the brain and body to work together, utilizing high repetition of movement patterns in each session.
  • Our intensive program challenges your child, helping them to make maximal gains in strength and function in a short amount of time.
  • Parent/caregiver participation is integrated into the daily therapy program thought emotional and physical support.
  • The last week of TheraSuit® Program, the caregiver is required to be available to attend each of the final five sessions to receive instruction, take notes, videos or pictures of their child home program.


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