Dynamic Intensive Light-Weight Upper Limb Orthosis

The Armeo®DILLO is a program for children who have difficulty moving their arms and hands. It uses an external support device called the Armeo®Spring Pediatric. Springs in the device can be adjusted to support the arm as the child moves. The system is also connected to a computer which has games and activities. The games are fun, motivating, and provide feedback so that the child can make adjustments. The program uses an intensive model (i.e. 3 times per week for 6 weeks or 2 times per week for 9 weeks), and is led by occupational therapists who have specialized training with children and the equipment.

Why Choose Us?

Cincinnati Children's was the first facility in the United States to offer the Armeo®Spring Pediatric. They also developed the program based on evidence. The program, which was developed based on research evidence, continues to be updated based on evidence collected on site, as well as in published journals.

Who Can Benefit?

Potential benefits include: building strength and endurance, increasing active range of motion, facilitating residual motor function, enhancing motor learning and control, and increasing awareness of the affected extremity.

Children who have lost or restricted movement in their arm may benefit from this program. This may include children who have:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Brain injury
  • Muscular atrophy
  • Need for therapy after surgery on the arm

Additionally, potential benefits include an increase in the following:

  • Strength and endurance
  • Range of motion
  • Awareness of the arm
  • Control and use of arm

Location of Service

The Armeo®Spring Pediatric is currently located at our Main (Burnet) Campus outpatient location. Special arrangements can be made for inpatient cases.  Please call 513-636-4651 for scheduling and questions.