More Support on The Pacer Gait Trainer
This is a little piece I put together a couple of years ago when I was trying desperately to make the gait trainer (that my son loved) work with all of his leaning and poor trunk control. Trays always help him with this, as he can use his arms to help bolster himself up…so this is what I did. It lasted a while.
All modifications eventually fall apart and need to be modified, but if it helps for a few months or year, it’s worth it!
That’s what this tray did! Here is my son before the tray:
I realize that I am way too proud about my little home-ec-for-special-needs-Mom-Project…but in order to possibly help out someone else out there that could benefit from it…here is my little summary (I took pics along the way to submit to the company…in the hope that by the time B is 6 foot something I don’t have to continue in making huge elaborate foam trays.)
grabbed some slats from our faux blinds that I had been meaning to shorten for a year, taped them on to keep it from bowing and make it firm,
added some duct tape straps to the foam, and wrapped one blind slat with some 1/4″ 1.7lb polethylene and taped it up (for the much needed trunk support)
Then I tried to make it pretty with some car fabric (duct taped on…of course) and taped vinyl on over that…no more messes I can’t clean up!
Time will tell…but for now I am really pumped…and B is too! (It still needs a little more duct tape doctoring…to make it look prettier along the bottom…but I’ll save that for later.)