“She is unable to crawl, stand on her own or walk yet”.
She is restricted to laying on the floor, sitting in a supportive chair or having someone position or move her to help reach for things and play. This means Olivia is at the risk of passively experiencing her world, rather than actively engaging with it.
Recently, Olivia’s Physiotherapist at Therapy Focus, Laura Cruz, arranged for Olivia to trial the Explorer Mini. The paediatric power wheelchair is designed to provide early movement experiences to very young children with mobility challenges. It is targeted at children aged 12-36 months and allows a safe and supported position from which to explore their environment.
When we asked how she went Laura said Olivia worked out how to use the Explorer Mini in no time.
“Olivia was amazing! She is such a clever little girl”.
Because she has not yet experienced independent crawling or walking, assistive technology like the Explorer Mini gives Olivia the chance to move around at home and the park on her own.
“It was so good to see her approach toys and people of her own accord, rather than have to ask to be carried to them,” Laura said.