There is a huge range of equipment on the market designed to make the life of your Little Champion easier.
Your occupational therapist and physiotherapist will be best placed to advise you on the best equipment to fit your child’s specific needs and circumstances.
At Royds Withy King we work with specialist neuro-physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and chartered electronics engineers in the field of assistive technology to ensure our clients receive the best possible equipment to maximise their potential.
Below you will find more information on some of the equipment available and details of the pieces of equipment that our experts are recommending in relation to:
Aids to assist mobility
Mobility aids for Little Champions range from simple orthoses and walking frames to specialist powered wheelchairs.
Finding the most appropriate and comfortable mobility aids for your child is vital for their growing independence, self-esteem and quality of life. Your physiotherapist and occupational therapist will understand your child’s particular needs and be able to recommend the best equipment.
This is a hoist that is designed to be easily wheeled and transported to where it is required. It is perfect for home or travel. It folds up without using any tools. Visit etac.com for more information.
Orthoses and supportive footwear
Orthoses are tailored braces that support and strengthen affected areas, such as feet, ankles and knees.
They are prescribed and fitted by your child’s health team. Getting shoes and boots to fit with orthoses can be a challenge. Some of the Little Champions with whom we work have got on well with:
Aids to assist with drinking
Aids to help sleep
It may be that your Little Champion would benefit from a specialist bed to help their sleep. Everyone is different and your occupational therapist will be able to advise you on the best bed for your child. Some of the specialist beds available on the market include:
The Bakare Klearside Bed is suitable for both children and adults. It allows your child full visibility around the room and you full visibility of your child without having to look over the top of the bed rails.
Visit bakare.co.uk for more information.
The Symmetrisleep Sleep system enables people with movement difficulties to learn to lie straight by providing support where necessary when a person is lying down.Visit symmetrikit.com for more information.
If your child is having difficulty sleeping, speak to your child’s paediatrician. They may be able to provide medication to relax your child’s muscles or prescribe melatonin (a naturally occurring hormone which makes you feel tired), or refer your child to a sleep specialist who could help your child develop good habits for sleep.
Aids to help bathing
The Jiraffe Hygiene Toileting System has been designed to solve the toileting challenge. It is a seating system that can be wheeled over a toilet to allow the user to toilet in an upright position.
Visit jiraffe.org.uk for more information.
You may be able to find suitable second-hand equipment for your Little Champion.
There are a couple of Facebook groups which specialise in second-hand equipment including:
Similarly, you may be looking to donate equipment that you are no longer using. The charity Wheels for the World accept donated wheelchairs and mobility aids which then provide much needed mobility to adults and children across the globe.
Guidance for daily living
Please find out more about any of the following areas in our guide: