|How we came to be...
This splint was designed by Ann McKie, an occupational
therapist who worked with developmentally disabled children in northeastern Minnesota. The
design for the splint was, she says, divinely inspired by love for the children she
In October 1996, the U.S. Patent Office
granted her patent. McKie completed her masters thesis research on the splint's
effectiveness in 1997. In 1998, she received her Masters in Therapeutic Science from
the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
McKie Splints, LLC was formed at the urging of
therapists and parents of children who had used the first splint prototypes. The
splint utilizes the concepts of balancing muscle pull and strengthening weaker muscles
through everyday use, which are emergent concepts in the field of neurorehab.
The splint is now being used by infants, children,
and adults. It has a variety of applications including cerebral palsy (C.P.),
stroke, Erb's Palsy (Brachial Plexus Injury) orthopedic conditions,thumb pain, and cumulative trauma.