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This two-year old has severe spastic Cerebral Palsy and Cortical Vision Impairment, and receives SoonerStart early intervention services from the Cherokee County team. Recently, he benefited from the short-term loan of a Special Tomato Feeder Seat. This assistive technology allowed him to be positioned at eye level with his peers while in his daycare, which encouraged purposeful play opportunities as well as helped him practice spoon feeding. Not only did the assistive technology allow him to be upright and respond to other children in his class, it also allowed his parents to take the seat on vacation and use it for his first boat ride. “He absolutely loved the ride; he smiled and laughed so much,” said his mother. “He’s going to be our lil’ boating man now!”
This two-year old has hypotonic Cerebral Palsy, and receives SoonerStart early intervention services from the Craig County team. Recently, he benefited from a trial of a MiniWalk, gait trainer. He has been working on floor mobility, sitting balance, standing with support, and taking steps with supported standing. With the MiniWalk, he immediately moved his feet and was able to mobilize himself down a hall. The first few days, he took hopping steps, and with some work has been able to take alternating steps on his own! He is happy to be able to explore his home. When in the MiniWalk, he enjoys following people and coming to people when they call for him; he has never been able to respond in that way before. He has a big smile on his face when in the MiniWalk!
This two-year old has developmental delays, and receives SoonerStart early intervention services from the Jackson County team. The team had been working on speech goals with success, but it appeared she was losing motivation with the current treatment approach. The team then came up with a creative, new way to work on the goal! They identified her strengths and were able to create a simple activity using assistive technology - adapting PVC pipe into a phone. She has since enjoyed practicing her speech targets while speaking on the phone.
This two-year old, with a neurological condition, receives SoonerStart early intervention services from the Oklahoma County team. His family worked with the team to help find the right device to help him communicate - topic boards. Utilizing the topic boards allows him to communicate his wants and needs. He is able to communicate more effectively, therefore, eliminating much frustration. Implementing the topic boards and integrating them into his daily activities has allowed him to engage and interact more fully with his family and friends.
This two-year old has blindness and global delays, and receives SoonerStart early intervention services from the Pottawatomie County team. Recently, she benefited from a short-term loan of a walker. This assistive technology helped her walk independently and confidently in her home. She can now explore her environment, improve weight bearing while standing more, and increase muscle tone and endurance. At this time, it appears that she will not need a walker long-term, so this helped her short-term needs until she builds the confidence to walk unassisted or switches to a cane.