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When Is the Right Time to Prescribe a Walking Frame?

When Is the Right Time to Prescribe a Walking Frame?

29.04.2022

As a pediatric physiotherapist, one of the most frequent questions parents ask me is, "Is my child going to walk?" Naturally, it's up there as one of the most emotive topics. The dream of seeing their child take their first steps is something that all parents hope to witness. It's a highly emotive topic for us physiotherapists, too.

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Å velge riktig mobilitetshjelpemiddel - vurdere muligheter (engelsk tekst)

Å velge riktig mobilitetshjelpemiddel - vurdere muligheter (engelsk tekst)

17.01.2022

In many cases, recommending a mobility device for an infant who is dependent on a caregiver to be moved from place to place is straightforward. After all, a six-month old with or without a neuromuscular disorder is expected to need a stroller for mobility in the community. As babies grow into toddlers, preschoolers, children, and through adolescence, the decision between a dependent and independent mobility device for an individual with disabilities can become a bit more complex. If you haven't done so already, be sure to read How to Select a Dependent Mobility Device: Identifying Needs.At the end of Part 1 of this series, Linda mentioned that there are three overarching categories of dependent mobility devices: adaptive strollers, transport wheelchairs, and manual wheelchairs (tilt-in-space and standard). In this post, we are going to take a closer look at the two categories of dependent mobility devices that can fall under the umbrella of complex rehab technology (CRT): adaptive strollers and manual wheelchairs.

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Å velge riktig mobilitetshjelpemiddel - identifisere behov (engelsk tekst)

Å velge riktig mobilitetshjelpemiddel - identifisere behov (engelsk tekst)

17.01.2022

When reviewing the intake information of a new patient, it is common for one of the first questions the evaluating team seeks to answer is, "Will the client need a manual wheelchair or a power wheelchair?" Depending on a number of factors such as age and diagnosis, determining a suitable mobility solution prior to seeing the patient in person for the first time can be relatively cut-and-dry. However, determining manual versus power isn't as straightforward when the individual presents with diagnoses such as a developmental disorder, severe cognitive impairments, intellectual disabilities, etc., in addition to their orthopedic impairments. In these cases, the team will likely need to shift the initial focus to answering the question, "With the proper components, setup, and training, does the client exhibit the potential to be independent with mobility or is a dependent mobility device more appropriate?"This two-part blog series will focus on identifying when a dependent mobility device is appropriate and tips for selecting the best style of dependent mobility base.

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Å lage en plan for å støtte et nøytralt bekken (Engelsk tekst)

Å lage en plan for å støtte et nøytralt bekken (Engelsk tekst)

30.09.2021

For many therapists, it is incredibly frustrating when, after providing a productive therapy session, we set up a child with non-typical development in "optimal" seated posture only to find shortly after that the child looks nothing like how they were first positioned. We slowly notice that the pelvis begins to posterior tilt, the child slides forward in their seat, the trunk starts to round out (causing thoracic kyphosis), the cervical spine is hyperextended, and the chin pokes forward. Eventually, the child's caregiver or teacher brings the child back to therapy and asks us, the therapists, to "fix" the seating system.

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Bekkenets rolle i posisjonering (Engelsk tekst)

Bekkenets rolle i posisjonering (Engelsk tekst)

13.09.2021

24-hour postural management is a planned program that considers all relevant positions a child uses throughout the day and intervenes to improve or maintain body shape while promoting the child's functional development. A postural management plan tries to incorporate a neutral body position into the three core postural orientations of lying, sitting, and standing. However, we know that the role of the pelvis is significant to creating these positions and deserves our full attention when we are attempting to incorporate positioning strategies into the child's activities, from bathing to floor play to upright movement.

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