Around 5-7 years ago, our early intervention team started to go through a new process of home visit intervention called routine based intervention or RBI. Essentially you are using the routines of the day to embed learning opportunities and therapeutic interventions into the family or child’s day. As a physical therapist I was typically using a hands on approach to help children change and improve their motor skills, so the concept was one that took some getting used to. Fast forward several years later and a bunch of trainings under the belt; I’ve come to realize that RBI has a lot of merit. The framework of RBI helps put families in the driver’s seat, from helping to decide what goals they want their child to meet, to how it will fit into their day to work on a skill. Maybe every time they change their child’s diaper they work on tummy time and rolling skills because they decided it would be a good routine to work on those skills. Now we have multiple times a day the skills is being worked on, and parents feel more control, rather than me saying “try to work on tummy time 4x a day for 10-15 minutes.” Read more
We’ve been exceptionally busy the last few months here at EasyStand gearing up for the release of a product unlike anything else on the market: the Zing MPS! A lot goes into designing a new product: market research, countless hours of design (HUGE shout out to our amazing in-house R&D team!! They are seriously brilliant.), obtain feedback from endusers, caregivers, and therapists, and that’s not including everything that comes after the design has been finalized!
“Can I bring my supervisor along to your child’s next visit?”
Simple enough question right? But to you it means your child isn’t making enough progress and they are coming to evaluate your child’s efforts – and ultimately your performance as a special needs parent. After all if your child isn’t making progress or not making it as fast as professionals expect – then the problem must be that the parent isn’t giving it everything they have. Read more
Around the time of year of my anniversary I tend to think of my experiences at rehab. Rehab was a long process for me that lasted more than a year. Between my SCI and TBI I was a trainwreck. I woke up from a coma unable to do anything for myself. It was hell. I repeat, it was hell. I don’t think anyone looks back at their rehab experience and says oh wow that was great. Don’t you wish you could do that again? No, despite how awesome and friendly all of the staff are it’s still a nightmare. Read more
The Bantam as a Bench
Necessity is the mother of using equipment for other than its originally intended purpose.
When our Early Childhood Education building was being remodeled, things had to be shuffled around and put in storage. We got to play our own little version of the, “If your workplace was on fire (and there were of course no darling preschoolers in the building to consider), what items would you save?” My EasyStand Bantam stander was at the top of the list, of course. Read more
With over hundreds of research studies on standing and weight bearing you would think that both private and public healthcare payer sources would fund Standing Devices without a second thought. Unfortunately, in today’s ever shrinking insurance coverage and payment arena that is not the case. In fact, decreasing coverage and payment for standing devices is exactly why the National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology (NCART)‘s Standing Device Workgroup was formed to create the Standing Device Funding Guide. Read more
At some point, I’m pretty sure just about everyone has wished for a pony. Kids of all ages with mobility limitations are probably no exception. A right-sized companion with four extra-strong legs? Yes, please.
Aside from being cute and cuddly, or sleek and shiny, or however the horses of your dreams look, they are able to provide functional benefits on multiple levels via therapeutic horseback riding, or hippotherapy. Read more
I would love to see Red Green do an episode on adaptive products. If you have no idea who I’m talking about, he’s a goofy Canadian guy on TV who’s addicted to DIY fixes. Duct tape is his best friend, and he refuses to go to anybody for anything he needs. He makes everything. Read more
After my program recently moved to a new location, some of our favorite sayings were hung in new places. Looking up from my desk, for instance, I see, “No one cares how much you know.” Don’t worry, that’s not the whole saying, just the result of unfortunate bulletin board placement. The full phrase I see when I stand up is:
“No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” Read more
For high school students with Special Education services, team meetings should address plans for post-secondary education, employment, and living options, as well as the type of support required for success in these areas. During Tina’s meeting, there was something about her non-verbals that made me think she was excited about the prospect of all the things we were discussing, with the exception of one significant detail. I suspected it was about who would be cast in the role of “Personal Care Attendant” in the future she imagined. Her mother currently provides the bulk or Tina’s PCA services. Mom is an energetic, attentive, kind, and funny woman, but that does not mean that Tina necessarily wants that much of Mom’s attention in her bedroom, in the bathroom, using transportation, at a job, or on a college campus. Read more