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Meet Oscar

Oscar has recently been diagnosed with unilateral right sided spastic cerebral palsy due to periventricular leukomalacia. We met Oscar when he was 16 months old.

Oscar lives in Frederikssund, Denmark with his mother, father and older brother.

Oscar has recently been diagnosed with unilateral right sided spastic cerebral palsy due to periventricular leukomalacia. We met Oscar when he was 16 months old. At the time he was able to move in and out of sitting and floor sit with both hands free to manipulate objects. Furthermore, he crawled on hands and knees, pulled to stand and took steps holding on to furniture.

He has been classified at Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) level I or II and will be expected to be able to learn to walk independently between the age of 18 months to 2 years, without the need for any assistive devices.

Oscars family and physiotherapist decided to let Oscar use the Crocodile with the accessory “My first steps” for a short period of time to allow Oscar to experience the freedom of walking. Furthermore, they were of the opinion that using the Crocodile could support the achievement of the gross motor milestone of walking. 

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Configuration of the Crocodile

The Crocodile was configurated with the accessory, Starter Kit - My first steps, which included a height adjustable front brace, where the handles are placed closer to the body, a set of anti-tips for safety and a set of bolts to shorten the frame. The Crocodile was initially set up with anti-reverse wheel stop, resistance on the back wheels using the tension adjustment and with directional locks on the front wheels using the directional stabilizer. Oscar instantly figured out how to walk forward using the support from the Crocodile. When the anti-reverse stop was unlocked, Oscar was able to use the Crocodile to walk in both directions.

Oscar is standing in the Meerkat to allow him to weight bear on both legs during standing. Furthermore, the Meerkat could be used to challenge his segmental development of trunk control.

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FACTS

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is the name for a group of lifelong conditions that affect movement and co-ordination, caused by a problem with the brain that occurs before, during or soon after birth.

The symptoms of cerebral palsy are usually not obvious just after a baby is born. They normally become noticeable during the first two or three years of a child's life.

Symptoms can include:

  • Delays in reaching development milestones – for example, not sitting by eight months or not walking by 18 months
  • Seeming too stiff or too floppy
  • Weak arms or legs
  • Fidgety, jerky or clumsy movements
  • Random, uncontrolled movements
  • Walking on tip-toes

The severity of symptoms can vary significantly. Some people only have minor problems, while others may be severely disabled.

Reference: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cerebral-palsy/ 

GMFCS

GMFCS stands for Gross Motor Function Classification System

GMFCS looks at movements such as sitting, walking and use of mobility devices. It is helpful because it provides families and clinicians with a clear description of a child’s current motor function, and an idea of what equipment or mobility aids a child may need in the future, e.g. crutches, walking frames or wheelchairs.

Generally, a child or young person over the age of 5 years will not improve their GMFCS-E&R level so if, for example, a child is classified at a Level IV at the age of 6 then it is likely that they will need to use a mobility device throughout their life.

GMFCS-E&R is used for infants under 2 years of age through to the 18th birthday. GMFCS-E&R is published in several different languages and a Family and Self Report Questionnaire is available.

The CanChild website has full details on GMFCS-E&R - visit it here 

 

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