Monday, January 5, 2009
Here are pictures of Cole's previous physical therapist, Christa, fitting Cole for his Theratogs and making adjustments. She had to take a special training to learn which direction to wrap or what extra strappings to add to make the right corrections for each childs situation.
I'm trying to remember exactly when Cole first started wearing his Theratogs. I think it may have been towards the end of September.
The Theratogs can be a little complicated to put on him at first but I have quickly learned exactly where to stick all the little velcro tabs that hold everything where it should. They are made of some sort of neoprene and help support his trunk. They remind him to use those muscles.
Cole still can not sit unassisted but there is a definite difference in his posture after wearing his Theratogs. You know that they are working when a friend that holds him only occasionally and didn't even know he had the Theratogs on was in shock noticing how much better he was supporting himself. She said he is not nearly as 'floppy' as he was prior to wearing them.
He is doing so much better trying to sit and does well for a few seconds at a time. Typically when we work on his sitting he will get so excited and therefore will go into extension. This is when he will fall backwards or to the side.
I would highly recommend others trying the Theratogs as I can really see they have helped Cole so much. They have been great during the winter but I am a little concerned that they may be too hot this summer. We will see!
Posted by Leanna at 9:12 PM