Cerebral Palsy Blog

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New Invention Helps Child with Cerebral Palsy to Walk

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

A new invention designed by the mother of a child with cerebral palsy promises to help children, who have limited mobility due to cerebral palsy, to walk.

The invention called the Firefly Upsee harness was designed by Debby Elnatan, who says that the cerebral palsy diagnosis that the doctor gave her young son was devastating for her. He suffered from mobility issues, and she struggled to help him walk.

Since then, Elnatan has partnered with a company called Firefly in Northern Ireland to design the Upsee harness. The harness is designed to hold a child upright against the legs and feet of an adult. Being held upright in this manner enables both the parent and the child to walk together, without the use of the child's hands.

The harness has been featured on several media outlets. Parents who have used the device to help their children, who have cerebral palsy, have been putting the device to the test, and have provided encouraging feedback about the device. According to them, their children are able to enjoy wearing the device because it actually helps them to walk with their parents, something that they cannot do with the devices that are currently available in the market.

The Firefly Upsee harness is not the only mobility option that children who have been disabled by cerebral palsy have. Your physiotherapist and doctor will be able to guide you about the type of device suited for your child. From sticks and crutches to walking frames, there are a number of devices that can be used to help your child walk. Consult with your doctor about the right type of device for your child.