Monthly Archives: December 2017

Sitting The Child Comfortably

The occupational therapists and mentors who I work with, have unlimited resources to help our clients to be seated in the seating system which allows them to access their talker comfortably. Straining of the neck can occur when a person is trying to access the talker and their controller and array their head which controls the chair.  The child must sit his or her body in a ninety-degree angle. By have the chair tilt back at this angle, it will prevent them from going into a “tight extension” which means that the body goes up into a straight position due to tight muscles. This can be prevented by putting a subbase bar to hold the hips down and several of other supports systems to keep the body comfortable.

Often times children only require the subbase bar because it is enough to support the child’s body. Having proper support allows the child to not require additional straps to restrain them.  Occasionally, I have put an abductor to help the child to stay seated back in the chair properly. A benefit of doing this is that it helps us get them out of their chair quicker in the event they have a seizure.  With the child accurately supported, I’m hoping we can help their body by postponing the pain that develops because of their condition. A child who is supported appropriately throughout their life will have better muscle and spine structure.

The occupational therapists and mentors I work with, have the resources and knowledge to keep our clients comfortable and stable.  If our clients are stable they are able to easily communicate and to effortlessly drive the power chair. We want all of their equipment to be costume made so they will have adequate support throughout their day.  There are children out in the world who have significant physical disabilities but their bodies are straight and without disfigurements which is what we want for our clients.

  • Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children

Sitting Children Comfortably

The occupational therapists and mentors that I work with, have unlimited resources to help our clients to be seated in the seating system which allows them to access their talker comfortably. Straining of the neck can occur when a person is trying to access the talker and their controller and array their head which controls the chair. The child must sit his or her body in a ninety-degree angle. By have the chair tilted back at this angle, it will prevent them from going into a “tight extension” which means that the body goes up into a straight position due to tight muscles. This can be prevented by putting a subbase bar to hold the hips down and several of other supports systems to keep the body comfortable.

Often times children only require the subbase bar because it is enough to support the child’s body. Having proper support allows the child to not require additional straps to restrain them. Occasionally, I have put an abductor to help the child to stay seated back in the chair properly. A benefit of doing this is that it helps us get them out of their chair quicker in the event they have a seizure. With the child accurately supported, I’m hoping we can help their body by postponing the pain that develops because of their condition. A child who is supported appropriately throughout their life will have better muscle and spine structure.

The occupational therapists and mentors that I work with, have the resources and knowledge to keep our clients comfortable and stable. If our clients are stable they are able to easily communicate and to effortlessly drive the power chair. We want all of their equipment to be costume made so they will have adequate support throughout their day. There are children out in the world who have significant physical disabilities but their bodies are straight and without disfigurements which is what we want for our clients.

  • Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children

Tingling Pain

I have been experiencing tingling pain in my lower back which has given me a feverish feeling for a week now. I have the ability to communicate which allows me to direct my caregivers to make a doctor’s appointment on my behalf. Children with significant physical disabilities need to be able to communicate crucial medical information so their caregivers can accurately help them. Children who grow up communicating will be able to continue voicing their needs when they are adults living in their own homes. As occupational therapists and mentors, we are able to position children in a comfortable way to assist the healing process. We are able to collaborate and determine a solution to make the individual more comfortable.

As occupational therapists and mentors we use various equipment to make the child more comfortable to assist them in recovering faster.  When children are in their very own soft and custom-made tumble foams, they are more likely to get well faster in comparison they then would in an uncomfortable wheelchair.

If you think about it, it makes sense! A body that is receiving what it needs, is going to get well sooner than a body that has not been given the appropriate resources.  This is especially true for our high tone clients. As they usually have tighter muscles, they are already uncomfortable, so their bodies are already under stress, which is why we want them to be as relaxed as possible. With my mentees, I like to either hold them or put them in tumble foams to relax their tight muscles to relieve their pain.   As occupational therapists and mentors, we have the equipment to assist our clients to get back to being healthy faster and I use the same tumble foam as my mentees, I know from personal experience, that they are comfortable and really do help!

 

  • Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children