Occupational therapists and mentors, such as myself, know and understand the benefits of customized equipment. The customized equipment ensures that the child will be adequately maintained throughout their day as their weak areas will be provided support. I am a big believer that this should start at the toddler age as this is the stage in which their bones and muscles begin to grow, so we want to catch the muscles before they start to deform.
A child who grows up being adequately supported will have a greater chance of not having to undergo corrective surgery as their body will be supported to assist in developing as it should. These individuals will have more chances to be at school with friends and participate in extracurricular activities, as they won’t have the physical pain to limit their energy. As someone with the same disabilities as my clients, I know how important it is to have adequate support, as I suffer from major back problems but not physical deformities.
Keeping our clients comfortable and functional is going to enable them to continually attend school as they will not be in pain or at home recovering from a surgery. If a child can avoid spending weeks at home recovering from surgeries, then they will be able to be at school focusing on their academics. On our end (professionals), we will be able to continue to work with them on developing their driving wheelchair skills and strengthening their muscles. The child will then be able to work on their communication skills as well, as they will have the muscle strength in their neck to work with a communication device. As you can see, there is a plethora of benefits in starting a child with custom made seating and we should do this with every person who is at risk of developing physical deformities.
- Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children