Why should I consider an activity based exercise program for my child?
Children’s bodies are different than adults, and while they are often more easily adaptable, they also face different challenges as they grow physically and developmentally following a spinal cord injury. Just like adults with a spinal cord injury, children are at risk for secondary complications such as pressure sores, urinary tract infections (UTIs) and respiratory complications.
Additionally, children with spinal cord injuries frequently suffer from musculoskeletal problems as their bodies grow and develop from the confines of a wheelchair. According to a study conducted in 2002 by Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Chicago to discover the prevelance of musculoskeletal complications, the most common complaint was pain (69%), spasticity (57%), shoulder pain (48%), scoliosis (40%), hip contractures (23%), and back pain (22%).
Receiving treatment from a facility that specializes in pediatric spinal cord injuries can make a tremendous difference in the child’s recovery, function and quality of life well into adulthood.
Can my child attend CORE?
Absolutely! In fact, we have experience working with clients as young as two years old!
Our approach when working with a pediatric spinal cord injury client incorporates age, developmental level and family goals. Our family focus extends throughout the program and we encourage parents to play a role in determining recovery goals and learning simple exercises that can be performed at home. Just like our adult clients, CORE strives to help our pediatric clients maximize their abilities so they can return to school and extracurricular activities as soon as possible.
Do pediatric clients do a full three hour session?
While the average adult client can stand a two to three hour intensive workout, a child may not have the stamina or attention span to last that long. This will be addressed in the initial evaluation by the child’s lead specialist in conjuction with a parent/legal guardian.
Can my child use all of the specialized equipment CORE offers adult clients?
CORE has equipment that is easily adaptable and harnesses designed specifically for children that allow us to tailor the CORE Program to meet the needs and the smaller size of a child.
Can my child receive Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) training?
Restorative Therapies, the manufacturer of the RT300 and RT600 Stand and Step, has worked with leading pediatric clinics to help ensure that Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) can be used with children. The RT300 is the only FES cycling system for children as young as four years old. The CORE staff has also been specially trained by Restorative Therapies to use Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) training with children.