Monday, April 2, 2012

Trying on SPIO (Stabilizing Pressure Input Orthosis)

Ms. K, Caroline's awesome physical therapist (who always goes above and beyond her call of duty!), got us a spot at a SPIO demonstration/training. Caroline was still tired and sick, but she perked once she got on "stage" in a room filled with orthotists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. Caroline was very cooperative and won many hearts today. The SPIO suit made her look like a little super hero.

Here's a description of SPIO from the brochure (more information is available on the SPIO website):
 SPIO™ dynamic bracing systems are made of a special lycra blend material that provides a multi-directional stretch with a strong rebound factor. SPIO™ is designed to assist stability and provide feedback through deep pressure and tactile stimulation. The patented compression ratios and design improve functional movement possibilities, limb and body position sense, and general stability and balance for children. Some diagnoses SPIO™ is effective for are Down, Rett & Angelmans syndromes; Cerebral palsy; Sensory deficits; Autism; Hypotonia.
SPIO™ was designed by Cheryl Allen (a mother of two children with tone, motor, and severe sensory deficits) and Nancy Hylton who is a Physical Therapist, licensed Orthotist and the mother of a son with cerebral palsy.
Caroline tried on the long-sleeve shirt, pants, vest, and gloves. The entire SPIO suit made a huge difference in helping correct Caroline's posture. The SPIO suit also helped decrease Caroline's  involuntary leg and arm movements. Surprisingly, she seemed pretty calm and happy in this ultra tight (and seemingly uncomfortable?) outfit.

Below are some pictures of the demonstration.


Ms. K also got Caroline a bath chair on loan until she gets her own. Bath time is now MUCH easier and safer!

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