Therapy and standing
Children with special needs should be standing when typically developing children start standing; around 12 months. Early standing programs for birth to 3 are important to ensure proper development of the femur and hip socket. Without early standing protocols, orthopedic damage could ensue that would make standing upright and moving considerably more difficult.
Children who cannot stand up on their own can stand using Ottobock/Leckey devices. We have developed standing systems to meet the varying needs of these children, depending on age and stage of development. The principle in standing is to allow the child as much freedom as possible to promote bone and muscular development but give them as much support necessary to prevent faulty posture.
When your child is comfortably aligned and supported, standing becomes a positive part of therapy and a great way to be more involved in the world around them. The Leckey Squiggles Stander can be used in several ways: as a prone stander, a supine stander, or an upright stander.
Pronestander inclines forward at five different angles, helping children learn to stand upright step-by-step with an intuitive system. Children will start out tilted far ahead in the prone position, and once the child becomes accustomed to this angle and the muscles have strengthened sufficiently, you can place the support more upright until the child is standing straight.
Two sizes, three positions, four colors – and that’s just the beginning of the choices that are yours to make with the Leckey Mygo Pediatric Stander. When your child is comfortably aligned and supported, standing can help deliver physical, emotional and social benefits in your child’s development.