Brennan's Story: How a Standing Program Has Improved This Toddler's Development

Brennan’s Story: How a Standing Program Has Improved This Toddler’s Development

Brennan was a typically developing little boy the first 6 months of life. At 6 months, mom discovered him unresponsive in his crib; he was diagnosed with uncontrolled seizures in the occipital lobe of his brain. Brennan was placed in a coma for 70 days until they could get his seizures under control. During his 70 days in an induced coma, Brennan also was on a ventilator for 3 different episodes, up to 2 weeks one of those times. Brennan eventually went home on multiple medications to control his seizures, but he continued to have many breakthrough seizures and multiple hospitalizations over the next several months to regain control of his seizures. Shortly after returning home, Brennan became involved in early intervention services due to developmental delays from the prolonged seizures; his primary provider was an occupational therapist. At the beginning of services, Brennan was demonstrating motor skills at the 0-2 month age level, and global delays at the same age level. Read more

Standing After Hip Surgery

Standing After Hip Surgery

Children with cerebral palsy or increased muscle tone can be at higher risk of developing hip issues; their hips may begin to sublux, or progress to dislocation often requiring hip surgery. The whole process of surgery is scary and full of possible complications. But once that is done, returning to previous activities can add another fear; will my child hurt their hip from doing this? When they have pain, how much do parents need to worry or run back to the orthopedic surgeon to make sure that hip is still ok? Read more

Moving forward after a disabling injury

Moving Forward After a Disabiling Injury

Fall is a time for changes, kids go back to school, those of us with children, fall back into a new routine. One of my daughters starts a new routine this fall moving to a new college. I wondered would it all work out, would she make new friends and would she struggle with her classes? This October marks the 4th anniversary since she sustained a mild brain injury in a car accident. Prior to the accident she was having problems from a skating accident and probably had an undiagnosed concussion. Incurring the injury in a car accident so close to the first concussion, led to more significant issues. Read more

Standing in (and outside of) School

Taking a Summer Break From Standing Can Lead to Permanent Loss of Ability

We often read stories and watch video clips about how standing can help kids with hip formation, bone density, strength and motor skills. But what happens when kids don’t stand on a regular basis? Is it really all that bad? Read more

Feeling out Social Emotional Development

Feeling out Social Emotional Development

When we ask parents what goals they have for their children in Early Intervention, “walk” and “talk” are the things we hear most frequently, followed by cognitive skills like “ABCs, 123s, colors, and shapes”, and finally functional skills like eating or potty training. Social emotional development feels like an afterthought on our developmental checklist, and I think it is more vague and challenging to latch onto than skills in other areas. Read more

The Bantam Advantage, Part III

The Bantam Advantage: Part 3

The EasyStand Bantam line of standers are the only devices that combine sit-to-stand with supine positioning. This combination creates infinite positioning possibilities, can make transfers more manageable, standing more comfortable and, as a result, make standing a long-term reality for kids. In a series of posts we will outline the advantages of the Bantam lines feature set as well as its capabilities. Read part one and two first! Read more

EasyStand Glider

Position Change to Facilitate Functional Outcomes

Metabolic Syndrome is the medical consequences of obesity, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol (high levels of triglycerides), type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease and several other serious health conditions. This is one of the main reasons the disabled community have poorer general heath than the general public. Many people with a disability have what they call normal weight obesity, which means their fat cells out number their muscle cells, so although they are not large in weight, they have the problems resulting from metabolic syndrome. Read more

EasyStand Glider Used With SCI Clients in Physical Therapy

2 Unique Clients With 1 Thing in Common, Positive Standing Results!

Meet Melissa and John! Melissa incurred a C3 spinal cord injury 2 years ago, is a quadriplegic and uses a power wheelchair independently. John was diagnosed in 1990 with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, over the past 15 years, his symptoms have worsened extensively. Both are clients of Katie Hohman, PT, DPT, she explains how their customized therapy programs are producing similar results. “John and Melissa, with two very different diagnoses, have made good strides in physical therapy and with overall function since beginning regular weight bearing in a stander. Read more

Canadian with Multiple Sclerosis Thrilled to be Standing Again

Recently our EasyStand distributors in Canada shared this very uplifting letter with us, that they received from a customer. With Randi’s permission, we are inspired to share her expressive words with others, with the hope that standing may help others with Multiple Sclerosis or other mobility related disabilities. Read more

Standing in Developmental Centers (Video)

Often the elderly are overlooked for a standing program, but it can greatly improve their quality of life. People who live in long-term care centers, developmental centers, or nursing homes can benefit from an ongoing standing program. Read more