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Medical Supplies and Equipment for People with Special Needs


Updated October 27, 2012

Children and adults with special needs, whether it be with positioning, mobility, or performing the activities for daily living, benefit from medical supplies and equipment everyday. Manufacturers have been working with researchers, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, children and adults with special needs and their family members, to develop innovative, safe, clean, ergonomic, and effective tools to improve this challenging way of life. When challenges are overcome, and we're able to celebrate the small victories, life becomes truly rewarding.

1. 6 Supplies to Aid Daily Living

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Many people with special needs live at home and want to continue to do so. Aids to daily living have been been invented to help them accomplish basic tasks like eating, drinking, using the bathroom, getting in and out of a car, finding out the time, getting dressed for the day, and grasping items in their home that they can't reach.

2. Adaptive Strollers for Children with Special Needs

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Some children are either born with a disease, or in some cases suffer a serious injury at a very early age, that impairs their ability to do things other children take for granted, such as sitting up straight, supporting their neck and head upright, or controlling when they need to go to the bathroom.

For those reasons, here are some manufacturers and models of adaptive strollers that can meet these children's needs, and make their life more comfortable.

3. Want to Work for a Company Focused on Helping People with a Disability?

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Want to learn more about the behind-the-scenes product development process? Ever considered working for a company committed to the research, design, and manufacture of products that improve the quality of life for people with special needs? This introductory article about Jenx, a company headquartered in the UK, can give you insight into all of the above. Learn about their design process, various job functions within the company, and a sampling of their products.

4. Positioning Equipment for Children with Cerebral Palsy and Muscular Dystrophy

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Tumble Forms 2, a division of Patterson Medical, is another company to consider when researching positioning products that are helpful to children with special needs, such as muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy.

Learn about products of theirs such as "The Side Layer," "The Tadpole," and "The Grasshopper" for example. These three pediatric positioning supplies help children achieve a variety of postures, such as:

  • side-lying
  • prone
  • supine
  • long leg sitting
  • log roll sitting

There's also a description of their "Carrie Seating System." The "Carrie" can help stabilize and position a child in the car, on a plane, at school, or at home.

5. Special Tomato's Comfortable Therapy Equipment for Children With Special Needs

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Another manufacturer with products made to help children with conditions such as down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, and cerebral palsy, is Special Tomato. Special Tomato specializes in therapy rolls, therapy wedges, and seats. They have focused a lot of their design attention on making their products comfortable to use and touch, antimicrobial to prevent germs, molds, mildews, and viruses from taking up residence on the surface or their interior, and tear-resistant.

6. More Positioning Products for Special Needs Children

Learn more about some in-depth features and benefits of special high-chairs, baby strollers, and seat-liners that can improve the comfort and stability of children with special needs such as down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or muscular dystrophy. There's no need to use the standard products in these categories when your child needs some extra assistance. Companies like Jenx, Special Tomato, and Tumble Forms 2 have made it possible to find the product needed for appropriate assistance.

7. Jenx Medical Supply Seating Systems for Disabled Children with Special Needs

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Positioning products help people to sit upright, lie down, and stand up. In this article you can learn more about two seating systems made by Jenx, the "Jenx Bee Seating System," and the "Jenx Junior Seating System."

8. Two New Jenx Seating Systems for Disabled Children with Special Needs

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Learn more about Jenx' "Multiseat" and "Corner Seat." These two seating systems, like others, showcase modularity so that the unit can be adjusted to fit the child as he or she grows. The "Corner Seat," though adjustable for comfort and fit, also comes in multiple sizes for children as they grow. Some of the things seating systems like these help with include spine symmetry, pelvic stability, head and neck support, and leg control that will help extend, stretch, and strengthen the muscles in the legs.

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