Mastering everyday life ? 24 hour concept


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Mastering Daily Life 24-hour concept

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Around the clock Support for everyday life Children develop their own personality very early in life. They observe, feel, taste and smell the world from the time they get up until they go to bed - everyday. Special children do this in special ways. They need mobility solutions tailored to their particular needs. Mobility – over which he or she has as much control as possible – is crucial not only for your child's physical development, but also for comprehensive impressions of the environment and social interaction. Prepared for every situation during the day: Eating & Drinking Lying &...

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Eating & Drinking Breakfast – support for the whole day Wake up! It's a new day. Breakfast is on the table. We start the morning calmly and get energy for the whole day. Eating and drinking are elementary human activities – and are also communicative. Ottobock and Leckey seating systems and therapy seats support the body and straighten the pelvis to prevent faulty posture which hinders your child while eating and drinking. Upright posture on the other hand actively helps your child and is nearly indispen-sable for children with swallowing disorders (see info box). Breakfast with the family...

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• Dysphagia In dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), coordination between muscles, joints and salivary glands, which is normally controlled by reflex, is impaired. It is often associated with poor head and body posture. Devices ensure proper positioning and posture. Children with dysphagia require 24-hour supervision to prevent serious complications such as refusal to eat, malnutrition and dehydration, fever, bronchitis and aspiration (inhaling food with the respective consequences).

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Lying & Grasping First activities – the best starting position for life The world is a large, fascinating place. Especially when observed while lying down. After just a few weeks, your child begins to explore the world – and move. Every different position opens up new, interesting perspectives to the child. If a child is not able to mobilise himself/herself and later sit, he/she needs devices that support it, for example EAS and ESS from Ottobock und Leckey. They allow him or her to physically observe the new position and train it through "familiarisation". This has a positive effect on the...

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• upport in the first S months of life A child that takes longer to be able to turn over and sit up exhibits a slower overall development. Every step of development builds on the previous step. Mobilisation is also important for cognitive development. You should therefore actively support your child as early as possible. • Get information on the individual steps of child development. • Work out realistic goals with the therapist. • Offer your child safety and support, but do not do all the work for him. • Use many playful stimuli. See the Early Activity System (EAS) therapy handbook for...

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Activates body perception Facilitates contact and awareness Supports head-trunk alignment in the middle of the body. Develops postural background (head-trunk stability). Improves swallowing process/food intake Improves skin integrity by relieving pressure encountered during seating Facilitates maturation of the hip joint in early development Increases bone density and reduces risk of fractures

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Stretch your hand out flat and grasp your child's shoulders. Ensure that the child's arms are moved forward as well, and that your thumbs do not dig into your child's armpits. • ifting correctly L Children do not straighten up directly from lying on their back. That would be far too strenuous and put a lot of strain on the spine. All children first turn on their side or even get on all fours. Therefore, it is important to ensure that you always turn your child on his/her side before lifting him/her. You do not even have to support the child's head, because you are working with gravity when...

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Transportation & Trips Start the day – get there safely Oh no, look at the time! Time to go. Whether by car, bus and train or on foot – on the way to school or pre-school, your child needs good support and should also be able to take in his/her surroundings. Ottobock Rehab buggies/strollers and Lars car seat give your child the necessary stability, provide relief and support therapy. They "grow" with your child and can be adapted to possible changes in symptoms. For this reason, there are numerous models with many different options. They all have the same goal – facilitate transport. So you...

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• roper selection of a P buggy/stroller A few questions help you and your medical supplies advisor select the proper rehab buggy/stroller: • How old is your child and how long will it be sitting in the rehab stroller/buggy? • What are your child's needs and what are the therapy goals? • To what extent must the rehab buggy or stroller adapt to different situations? • Where do you primarily use the rehab stroller; will you need to transport it by car? • How easy is it to use and transport by car or on public transportation? See also the checklist on the next page.

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Buggy or rehab stroller? What do you need? There is no single answer to this question, as the selection always depends on the needs of your child. You can differentiate grossly between a buggy and a rehab stroller. Posture support Rehab buggies are intended mainly for transporting children who need a vehicle for longer distances due to lack of motivation or mild postural weakness. This is also why you should not simply buy a conventional baby buggy. Our Rehab buggies are also suitable for older children. You can tell from the materials used and the maximum permissible weight. In addition,...

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10 tips to avoid back problems in parents • arrying your child in C comfort Special children require greater physical proximity; they need to be carried more often. This load is usually borne by the mother, or more precisely – by her back. She often holds the child in one arm and does housework with the other. The resulting extremely strenuous posture causes severe back pain relatively quickly. You should therefore maintain a posture that relieves back strain as much as possible. Avoid a hectic pace. Take a deep breath. Do major housework when someone else can look after the child. Put the...

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