Pain That Is a Quick Fix

As occupational therapists and mentors we have the technology to fix a child’s discomfort quickly and I don’t believe in a child being in pain.   A simple hammock can fix the problem and with a rolling mount they can still communicate.  The child must be comfortable to communicate because otherwise we are asking them to do something unnatural.   We don’t go around communicating in pain so why should our clients?  Children also need to be comfortable while driving the power chair so the seating must be correctly fitted to their bodies.

As a mentor with serious back problems I want to avoid my mentees from developing chronic pain so I use different ultra-soft equipment to help my mentees to be comfortable all day.   Children who are able to change positions throughout the day don’t get pressure sores or develop chronic pain.   There are some children who are able to use walkers to take the pressure off of their bodies if they are able to change positions throughout the day; they are less likely to develop problems later in life.   If an occupational therapist has a significant curve in their spines I like to use abdominal binders because these devices take the pressure off of their spines.

As occupational therapist and mentor we have the knowledge to keep the clients comfortable and hopefully from developing serious illness.   As my followers know I have been in the hospital many times due to my back problems but luckily I have the medicine which I normally receive through an IV in pill form which has kept me out of the hospital.   The combination of medicines and the tumble foam have kept me out of the hospital for a while.   As professionals, we have the knowledge to keep our clients comfortable and healthy for all of their life.

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Being Comfortable

A child with high tone must feel comfortable in order to communicate, which is why I love tumble foams. Tumble foams reduce the pressure off the muscles on a person’s body. The child is able to completely relax sore body parts because some of these foams are like a bed made to their bodies. I love putting little children into star fish tumble foams, these are chairs designed with tumble foam that are uniquely tailored to fit an individual’s body, because they are immediately relieved of pain. Children are able to totally relax and focus on their school work or play with their peers. Like my mentees, I also use the tumble foams, so I know what a great resource it is to have.

The child is also more likely to demonstrate their true knowledge because they are not thinking about their pain. I am able to see the immediate relief as soon as I put the child into their tumble foam, which provide their bodies support without restraining them, unlike wheelchairs which often do. A comfortable child is capable of speaking faster and more accurately which is our (occupational therapist) goal for them.

In the event that a child is sick; I recommend placing them in their tumble foams as it may assist them in recovering back to good health sooner. I was recently ill and attribute my speedy recovery from the virus, to sitting in the tumble foam every day until I got well. As wheelchairs tend to be too restrictive, when one does not feel well. Tumble foams are able to give a child enough support to be able to use their communication devices but laid back enough to relax as a person.  So, if you have a child who is always uncomfortable, I strongly encourage you to try using the star fish tumble foam, as it might take the pressure off of their body.

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Being Comfortable

A child with high tone must feel comfortable in order to communicate, which is why I love tumble foams. Tumble foams reduce the pressure off the muscles on a person’s body. The child is able to completely relax sore body parts because some of these foams are like a bed made to their bodies. I love putting little children into star fish tumble foams, these are chairs designed with tumble foam that are uniquely tailored to fit an individual’s body, because they are immediately relieved of pain. Children are able to totally relax and focus on their school work or play with their peers. Like my mentees, I also use the tumble foams, so I know what a great resource it is to have.

The child is also more likely to demonstrate their true knowledge because they are not thinking about their pain. I am able to see the immediate relief as soon as I put the child into their tumble foam, which provide their bodies support without restraining them, unlike wheelchairs which often do. A comfortable child is capable of speaking faster and more accurately which is our (occupational therapist) goal for them.

In the event that a child is sick; I recommend placing them in their tumble foams as it may assist them in recovering back to good health sooner. I was recently ill and attribute my speedy recovery from the virus, to sitting in the tumble foam everyday until I got well. As wheelchairs tend to be too restrictive, when one does not feel well. Tumble foams are able to give a child enough support to be able to use their communication devices but laid back enough to relax as a person.  So, if you have a child who is always uncomfortable, I strongly encourage you to try using the star fish tumble foam, as it might take the pressure off of their body.

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Comfortability

Comfortability is so important for a disabled child because that is how they can stay healthy.   Wheelchair should be properly fitted to their bodies and other equipment as we want the child to grow up without deformities.   It’s possible as I have a little girl who is growing up without deformities as she is properly supported by the wheelchair.   I work with “normally” developing children so they understand if they look differently from their able bodied peers.

Children who are able to communicate comfortably are able to stay well and be in school which helps them to catch up to their age group.   Communicating in correctly fitting equipment allows their body to relax which allows the child to focus on the task at hand like anyone else.   I don’t like keeping children in one position for a long amount of time as it causes pressure sores so I like to change their position throughout the day.  Children who are typically comfortable throughout the day are able to communicate faster and more accurately.

It helps that I am a professional with significantly physical disabilities because I understand what it is like to be uncomfortable.   Children who are comfortable are able to laugh and be silly with their friends and siblings like able bodied children.   The clients I have are all “typically” developing which means once I have them communicating with a communication device they are placed in general classes.   A comfortable child is able to attend general classes and most of the time go on to college.   Communication comfortably allows children with significant disabilities to participate in everything that able children are participating in.   As a mentor who grew up with back pain I know how important it is to be comfortable in classes.   If speech-language pathologists and mentors can make communication comfortable we will see our clients thrive.

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Communication In Any Position

Over the weekend, I worked with my best friend a rolling mount so I could communicate more comfortably in my tumble foam chair.  As occupational therapist and mentors we have the ability to make the communication device accessible to children in any position.   As you know I don’t believe in children in pain so why not use rolling mounts to make communication accessible in any position, children work better on school work if they are comfortable.   As a mentor with a lot of back problems I believe in children doing their school work in their most comfortable position.

Children who are comfortable are able to concentrate on school work for a longer amount of time and they do better on school work.   Comfortable children do school work longer and more accurate.   If I am able to position the communication device to where the mentee is able to comfortably communicate in their tumble foams then then they are able to work longer and the school work is of a better quality.  The moving mount allows me to put the mentee in the tumble foam and move their talker to them.

The child is still able to communicate and work in the tumble foam as I can move their talker to where they need to be.   The child being more comfortable throughout the day allows them to stay healthier and to be in school more.   The child is also able to move through school at a more “normal” pace to keep up with their able body peers so they don’t feel left behind.   Communication is everything to significantly physically disabled children as that is how they are able to engage with the world and how they are able to do general education school work.   The question is not why children have to be uncomfortable to be able to talk the question is how can we mount the communication device to where they are comfortable.

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Making Communication Devices Accessible

As occupational therapists and mentors, we have the assistive technology to provide a communication device and make it a

ccessible in any position. My best friend works in the same field as I do, and she knew I am more comfortable when I’m seated in my tumble foam chair, so she provided a rolling mount for me to try and see if I could use my communication device while in most comfortable position.  As professionals in our field, we have the technology to bring communication devices to the individuals, where they are most comfortable.   I don’t believe in a child being uncomfortable if they don’t have to be.

The assistive technology means the child doesn’t have to be in the wheelchair to communicate; if they are uncomfortable, we have moving mounts which can be adjusted to any communication device. Children are typically more comfortable in tumble foams, as the foams takes pressure off of their bodies, so why can’t they perform their school work while in them? As I have mentioned in my previous blogs, the more we can keep our clients comfortable the more likely are able to stay well and motivated.

I believe that the more comfortable the child is, the more the child will be able to do and it would allow them to just be children. My previous client plays baseball because he is comfortable enough to be able to play adaptive sports. Children who are significantly physically disabled, are still children and they like the same kind of things that able-bodied children do, so I do a lot of adapting so that they are able to play.

Children have the right to simply just be children and placing them in different equipment throughout the day sustains their level of comfort. Children that are able to take steps are able to go into walkers and play with their able-bodied peers. I like using equipment in which the children are more comfortable and also have access to their voices. A more comfortable child is able to thrive more and are able to interact with their peers without the added pressure of being uncomfortable. Ultra-soft equipment enables someone to be more comfortable

throughout the day, allowing them to play and to focus on their daily activities.

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Taking Pressure Off A Sore Body Parts

As occupational therapists and mentors we have the knowledge and tools to take pressure off a sore body part.  If a child has a significant curve in their back, I like to use an abdominal binder to take the pressure off their back.   As you know, I am a big tumble foam user and I feel that since I am more comfortable while in my tumbler, I am hoping my little children will be as comfortable in theirs. I don’t believe little children should have to deal with being in pain. So I use different types of equipment to make them feel more comfortable, in an effort to take the pressure off of their sore areas immediately.

Children with Cerebral Palsy and who are immobile, are usually in some type of pain because they cannot move to relieve themselves.  Typically, these children are small enough to hold, so I would take them out of their wheelchair to alleviate the pressure.  No matter how well the seat is customized for the child, they often develop pressure points.

After sitting for long periods of time and given the repetitive pressure, they are likely to develop sharper pain over time. I also like to use foam wedges because it allows the child to be on their stomach, which helps take pressure off their body and prevent from developing pain. As a professional who also suffers from a lot of back pain, I am able to tell by their performance with their communication devices, that they are in pain because they become slower than usual.

Chronic pain results in the children becoming tired earlier in the day and makes them become more vulnerable to getting sick more often. If we keep children comfortable, they attend school more regularly and are able to join play dates more often, like able bodied children. I am a strong believer that if my mentees are comfortable that they are able to accomplish more throughout the day.  When comfortable the children are, happier which is necessary because they shouldn’t be in pain, so why not use alternative equipment throughout their day.   At the end of the day, they are children, whether they are able bodied or significantly physical disabled, they should not have to be in pain.

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Muscular Pain

As I have just found out from my second round of interfacial Baclofen that my pain is muscular instead of spasms.   As occupational therapists and mentors we can help the pain with stretches and positioning.   We want our clients to be comfortable as they are able to do more through the day which we can do with equipment and stretches.   I like putting the clients into comfortable tumble foams so they are able to accomplish more throughout the day without discomfort.

Children without pain are able to focus on school work and play with friends for a longer period of time.   Tumble foams are able to practically lie the child down with keeping their head up allowing them to use their communication devices.   If the child is having muscle pain they are restricted by the pain as they are either tired or in the hospital due to a big spasm.   I can relate to the big spasms as I also get them bringing me to the hospital about once a month.   As a mentor I want my mentees out of pain because I know how handicapping pain is so I use tumble foams and medicine to keep them as comfortable as possible.

As occupational therapists and mentors we have the knowledge and tools to keep our clients comfortable so they are able to live life without discomfort.   The children with less discomfort are able to be simply just children.   I am able to play with them more in therapy working on their mobility with their power chair and with access with their communication devices.   If we are able to make our clients more comfortable we will see them doing more with their lives.

Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children

Muscular Pain

As I have just found out from my second round of inter-facial Baclofen that my pain is muscular instead of spasms.   As occupational therapists and mentors we can help the pain with stretches and positioning.   We want our clients to be comfortable as they are able to do more through the day which we can do with equipment and stretches.   I like putting the clients into comfortable tumble foams so they are able accomplish more throughout the day without discomfort.

Children without pain are able to focus on school work and play with friends for a longer period of time.   Tumble foams are able to practically lie the child down with keeping their head up allowing them to use their communication devices.   If the child is having muscle pain they are restricted by the pain as they are either tired or in the hospital due to a big spasm.   I can relate to the big spasms as I also get them bringing me to the hospital about once a month.   As a mentor’ I want my mentees out of pain because I know how handicapping pain is it so I use tumble foams and medicine to keep them as comfortable as possible.

As occupational therapists and mentors we have the knowledge and tools to keep our clients comfortable so they are able to live life without discomfort.   The children with less discomfort are able to be simply just children.   I am able to play with them more in therapy working on their mobility with their power chair and with access with their communication devices.   If we are able to make our clients more comfortable we will see them doing more with their lives.

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Pain and weight

As occupational therapists and mentors it is our job to alleviate pain so our clients are able to live their lives in comfort.   If a child is comfortable they are capable of accomplishing more in life and they are going to be able to have a good appetite.  Disabled children are small as it is so we want them to be comfortable enough to be able to eat well.   As I have mentioned in a previous blog I like to use ultra-soft equipment as an alternative from their wheelchairs.   Their seating can fit well to their body but they need an alternative to their wheelchair to alleviate pain or if the child is little enough I like to hold them as they are still able to use their communication device.

If they are really comfortable they are able to concentrate on academics and they are able to play with friends in a comfortable state.   Being comfortable allows them to achieve academic success and they are also able to do well with their therapy goals.   Comfortability also enables them to work on homework longer which helps them get through school in the “normal” time period.   As a mentor who went through school and college with back pain I know that it would have been much more comfortable without back pain.  Children with pain work much faster and accurate if I put them in tumble foam to do their work.

As occupational therapist and mentor we have the knowledge and the capability to help our clients to be comfortable enough to be able to do what they have to do throughout their day.    They are going to put on weight quicker if they are comfortable as our bodies slows down everything when we are in pain.   I have a hard time getting a client to eat if they are in pain and who am I to force them because I don’t eat myself if my back is acting up.   If we, mentors and occupational therapists are able to alleviate their pain we are going to see them eating more and putting on weight.

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