Category: Paediatrics

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A Parent’s Perspective on the Explorer Mini: Promoting Development

Part 3 in our series about one family’s experience with the Explorer Mini. See part 1 & part 2. Last week we looked at how the Explorer Mini promotes exploration, and in this last blog post in the series we’re looking at how the Explorer Mini can promote development in young children. Does the Explorer…

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A Parent’s Perspective on the Explorer Mini: Promoting Exploration

Part 2 in our series about one family’s experience with the Explorer Mini. See part 1. Last week was the start of our series, focusing on the Explorer Mini with questions and answers from a parent/caregiver perspective. While last week’s blog was all about first impressions of the Explorer Mini, this week we turn our…

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A Parent’s Perspective on the Explorer Mini: An Introduction

Part 1 in our series about one family’s experience with the Explorer Mini. When Mike and Sandy’s daughter Sylvia was about three months old, she was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy type 1. Spinal muscular atrophy is a gradual decay of her motor neurons. They were told early on that mobility is a really important…

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Common Concerns About Early Power Mobility Devices

The final part in our series about developmental milestones in early childhood focusing on mobility. See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10 and part 11. Perhaps one of the mostly widely known authors on this topic are Wiart and Darrah from an article published in 2002 entitled “Changing philosophical perspectives…

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Functional Elements of the Explorer Mini’s Saddle Seat

Part 11 in our series about developmental milestones in early childhood focusing on mobility. See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9 and part 10. The saddle seat was designed intentionally to facilitate an upright posture through developmentally appropriate supports. Research regarding the use of either flat seats or saddle-like seating has been…

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Conventions of Functional Seating in the Explorer Mini

Part 10 in our series about developmental milestones in early childhood focusing on mobility. See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8 and part 9. We can find all sorts of ways to sit, usually not always the most optimal but we change our positions based on the task we are performing. Reading a…

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The Importance of the Explorer Mini’s Midline Joystick for Development

Part 9 in our series about developmental milestones in early childhood focusing on mobility. See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, and part 8. Upper extremity function, such as reaching, grasping, and manipulating objects requires dynamic stability of the shoulder girdle on a stable trunk. The Explorer Mini tray provides this support to…

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Could your child benefit from the Explorer Mini? Part 2

Part 8 in our series about developmental milestones in early childhood focusing on mobility. See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, and part 7. The Explorer Mini is designed for children with mobility impairments as defined by Hays (1) who has defined the most widely used classification of infant and children’s mastery of functional…

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Could your child benefit from the Explorer Mini? Part 1

Part 7 in our series about developmental milestones in early childhood focusing on mobility. See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, and part 6. The Explorer Mini is designed to be used by a wide variety of young children with mobility impairments. Children with physical disabilities who have difficulty achieving independent motor control are often…

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