A Journey with Love and Laughter

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Standing Frame

Nick has been using a standing frame while he has been at school.
It is a supportive frame that allows the user to weight bear without leaning on anything, and it leaves the hands and arms are free.

We had a standing frame when Nick was a baby, he got it when he was a year old with his first set of AFO's. He wasn't standing by himself yet and we wanted to get him upright with his peers and allow him to weight-bear and strengthen his legs and prepare them for supporting him.

And we used it alot to get him on his feet, and get him used to being upright.
But when he started walking in his walker, we stopped using the standing frame, and he eventually outgrew it.

 This year at school Nick has started to use a stander again while doing his speech therapy work. This one has wheels on the bottom so that Nick and the frame can move around (it is different from a mobile stander which has big wheelchair wheels so he can move himself while standing up).

This stander was bought for Nick for school and is designated for him. So when he starts at his home school in September, this stander will go with him.

So it is great for doing school work. When we were asked if we wanted to borrow any equipment for the summer from his school equipment we asked if we could take home the stander.

While we don't want to have any big and bulky equipment in the house that we don't need... After our appointment with our new physiotherapist and talking about how need for more bracing, I think this is valuable and we want to use it daily.

Nick likes it and asks to go in his stander "just like at school". When he knees start to hurt him, after about an hour, then he comes out. (I am really, really hoping that the new KAFO's will help with his knee pain).

We have some work books for the kids to work on through the summer.
Last summer we were concentrating so much on his upcoming surgery and recovery that we didn't do anything related to school and his teacher mentioned that he lost some of his knowledge through the summer.
So while Nick is still very excited about learning and school and using his standing frame, we are going with it!

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