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Cerebral palsy equipment can cover an enormous range of aids and adaptive equipment for use by cerebral palsy patients. New designs of daily living aids associated with cerebral palsy equipment have become more and more readily available as demand for technological advancements increase. Wheelchairs (manual and power), specially made bicycles and tricycles, walkers, and crutches are just some of the types of cerebral palsy equipment available to patients. Symbol boards, voice synthesizers, and head sticks for computers are just some types of cerebral palsy equipment used for communication devices. In addition, daily living aids such as electronic door openers, large-handled eating utensils, grab sticks, and environmental control systems are also classified as cerebral palsy equipment.
Cerebral palsy induced muscle problems that affect children can be alleviated with the proper cerebral palsy equipment. Your child’s doctor or therapist is best for recommending the type of cerebral palsy equipment they can use to achieve the best mobility and perform everyday activities.
Wheelchairs are extremely effective for children that have difficulties walking with crutches or who otherwise can’t move around easily. Children with cerebral palsy that have use of their arms can operate the wheelchairs themselves and can move around without much difficulty. Motorized wheelchairs require only the use of a joystick on one armrest for operation. Those with more coordination and balance can use a walker, usually a light metal device that has four legs and is adjustable in height. The walker can help the child to balance better and get around without the use of a wheelchair. Walkers may also have wheels on them, as well as a basket to put some of the child's belongings in.
Difficulties using utensils and in eating can frequently be associated with cerebral palsy due to the fine motor problems often associated with the condition. Holding onto small objects can be made easier with special handles or grips that are available for children who have trouble holding a fork or spoon. Eating utensils that are specially designed for children with fine motor problems can also be found. Some may be curved or bent, and are usually designed to fit the child's needs. Those same special grips and handles on cerebral palsy equipment for eating are also used on pencils and pens to make them easier for the child to hold and use.
Cerebral palsy equipment, such as a communication aids, are available for children who have difficulty speaking at an audible, or understandable level. Books or posters with pictures that a child can point to showing things the child might want or alphabet boards that the person can use to spell out their message are types of communication aids. Computers are the most important communication aids because they perform such amazing tasks. Some can actually talk for the child or elevate the voice level in an inaudible speaker.
Although the prices of cerebral palsy equipment can be expensive, there are several ways to save money on it. Look for used cerebral palsy equipment on the Internet or in your local newspaper classifieds. Children will eventually grow out of certain equipment and you’ll save money buying secondhand cerebral palsy equipment. Also check your local United Cerebral Palsy affiliate to see about loaner equipment and other cerebral palsy equipment resources.