Rail System Helps SA Special Needs Children Explore on Their OwnBy Rigby, Wendy; KENS 5,
Publication Date: November 23, 2009
News article describes a harness system that enables children with severe physical disabilities to stand upright. In use at TEAMability (http://www.teamability.org), a non-profit center for children with disabilities in San Antonio, Texas, the system, which is comprised of a harness attached to an overhead rail, allows children who usually spend their time in wheelchairs to explore their environment while suspended and moving using their own weight. Benefits of the device, according to a program specialist interviewed, include enhanced organization of the children's neurological system including their senses of vision and hearing, and improved respiration. A short video presentation is included, showing the device in use by a client with cerebral palsy, who is activating a piano keyboard pad underneath his feet by bouncing in the harness.
Published by: Belo Corp. (Website:http://www.belo.com)
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