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Walk This Way

Alice got her first piece of adaptive equipment about a month ago... a stander/walker made by a great local company called Kaye Products.  For any parent of a child with motor delays, their products are amazing.  The owners (I don't know if they are the sole owners) are a husband and wife, an engineer and a physical therapist.  In the beginning, she would express a need and he would build it!  Now they have this huge factory where they create wonderful products that actually work!  You can tell as soon as you walk into the factory that they truly care about what they do and do it well!  (Their website is http://www.kayeproducts.com/index.html.)

So back to Alice, we received the stander about a month ago and she is finally getting used to it.  It comes with a harness that you suspend from the top and she is free to move forward.  I think that this design is better than typical walkers because it doesn't encourage the child to lean forward or rest on the walker for support because the support bars are actually behind the child.  The harness and the sidebars provide the balance and stability necessary for standing and walking.

And twice now, we have been able to go directly to the factory in Hillsborough and talk with Jan, who is the licensed physical therapist (and so much more!) and she helped properly fit the harness for Alice and make any necessary adjustments.  Even better, they have a treadmill there with suspensions that act similar to the stander we have, and the motion of the treadmill helps encourage the stepping motion.  Alice has done the treadmill twice now, and the video below is from the last time.  Susan (our PT) and I were blown away that she actually took a few steps on her own!

(by the time this video was taken, Alice had been on the treadmill for 20 minutes.  Watch Alice's feet when Susan stops her feet and asks her if she wants to stop... you can see the wowed look on Susan's face!)


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Sep. 28th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
i have removed the astonished swearing because somebody's mama might be reading.
...except now i don't know what to say. Look at that! Look at that! Yay! Yay!

(And also, y'all are listening to my favorite album from my childhood. Blueberry Pie was my introduction to Bette Middler. Yay!)
Sep. 28th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
That is so fabulous. You must be over the moon. :) I know it makes me happy.
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