Equipment

All disabled children will have specific individual equipment needs that are usually identified by one of three organisations: Health service, social services or the Education authority. Although it would seem it is fairly common place for families to have to accept that even when an assessment has been made by the appropriate organisation there is a waiting list for all equipment and you could be expected to wait up to 9 months for an item. 

Unfortunately there are many manufacturers of each type of equipment and your local services will have different contacts and contracts with different suppliers, so I am not trying to make any recommendations here but to purely give you an idea of the sorts of equipment that you and your children are likely to encounter throughout their growing years.

Please click on the images below for links to the suppliers and for more information

Seating:

Kaye Kinder Chair

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Left to Right: Kaye Kinder Chair, Kaye Bench & Jenx Chair - Gamma
 

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Tiltrite Chair by Symmetrikit 

Standing:

 The Prone Stander by Leckey

Walkers

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Left to Right: Kaye Walker, Rifton Gait Trainer & Maywalker 
 

Buggies:

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Maclaren Major Buggy 

Wheelchairs:

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Left to Right: Sunrise Medical Spirit, Spectra Plus & Spectra Plus (with custom chair)

 

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Left to Right: Manual Transit Wheelchair & Specially adapted CAPS II seating

Sleeping:

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Symmetrisleep by Symmetrikit. 
Left to Right: Stage 1 - Twisted Posture    Stage 2 - After 1 Year    Stage 3 - Now

Hoists:

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Left to Right: Liko Electric for school & Liko Portable for home and holidays

Daily Living Aids

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Left to Right: Basic Shower Chair, Deluxe shower chair & Hand rails 

Note – the Pressalite care adjustable system is excellent - particularly suited to children because they are fully adjustable to accommodate the child as they grow – we have installed one of their vertically adjustable handrails next to the toilet.

We also find the following items (Available from your local chemist) very useful:

  • A urine bottle for toileting needs particularly when no hoist is available (very often the case in public places).

  • Plastic oral syringes for administering medication on a daily basis – using these instead of a spoon means the child is able to administer his/her own medication without the risk of spilling any.   

 

Walking Aids ...

Other than the Walkers, you will also find that a number of different types of footwear will be discussed and used to assist with your child’s walking such as:

AFO's -
 (ankle-foot Orthoses)

DAFO’s -
 (Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthoses)

Piedro boot’s

It is also not uncommon for children to go through a number of serial plaster castings of their legs – this means they will have their legs put in a plaster cast for a number of weeks but each week it is renewed because the positioning of the leg is adjusted – it is used to help in providing stretching of the muscles (hamstrings/tendons). It can be uncomfortable and tiring for the child because it does mean the legs are being stretched for a continual period and can also make sleeping difficult, so be prepared for some upset and a few sleepless nights – but it does help with the leg stretching and eases walking.

Learing Aids ...

The obvious is the computer for those children who don’t have good fine motor skills and therefore have difficulty holding a pencil/pen – there learning abilities need not be affected for this reason alone as the use of a computer will enable them to communicate,  learning to spell and write. A Laptop is ideal for school as it allows the child to sit with his/her classmates and learn at the same table.

Finding a table that will accommodate a growing child in a wheelchair is also very important to aid there learning, at school simple table leg raisers can be used to raise the height of the table (although this is only possible/considered once the class children have reached a certain age and hence size – as it can become difficult to raise the table to accommodate the wheelchair without placing it above the reach of the other class children),

We have found a commercial desk (which we have fitted at home) which is fully height adjustable being specifically designed for disabled people in the workplace. This works very well for the growing needs of a child in a wheelchair and being designed for a work environment it is very well made and should last us for many years.