Every child at one time, developmental delayed or not needs some kind of equipment in order to be safe or even meet milestones on time. For those who are delayed/handicapped they NEED equipment no matter what their age is. For example my Kadyn. He has a wheel chair, bath seat, diapers, special formula, car seat, and soon will have a gait trainer.
Kadyn needed his wheel chairs because in strollers he could not sit up comfortably. He would slouch down, or his chin would be in his chest. The only way he could sit in a stroller is laying down, and for him this was frustrating as he couldn't see anything.
|As you can see he is laying down, no ideal for a child who wants to explore the world|
|Same in his jogger had to lay down|
|In and umbrella stroller his neck/head was not supported and his chin would go to his chest.|
Now Car seats. Kadyn has had 3 car seats. The first one being his infant car seat, but he could not sit in it like a baby should. He needed something to keep his chin from going into his neck. With the size of his head being slightly.....greatly larger than most babies we had to use receiving blankets to support his neck.
There are so many benefits to adaptive equipment for handicapped children of all ages. It amazes me how many are unaware of how beneficial a simple wheel chair could be for a young child with many abnormalities. Kadyn would not be as far along as he is today if we didn't start him out in a special chair at such a young age. I mean could you imagine living your first year of life going every where in a stroller laying down? Not being able to explore the world around you, letting your disability get in the way?? That is something I promised myself I would not do for Kadyn ever! I will not let his disabilities get in the way of his abilities ever! Kadyn is a smart little guy, he is strong also.
I will always have a wheel chair for Kadyn, even if/when he is walking.