The LATbelt – a great new tool for people with Multiple Sclerosis

LATBelt
LATBelt

Dr. Chris Glibert DPT, a pediatric physical therapist, has developed and brought to market a patent-pending manual assistance transfer device. Glibert utilized his Northwestern University educational background to solve a problem he frequently encountered as a full-time school-based physical therapist.

Glibert found himself training and assisting staff in a variety of dependent transfers so that students would have the opportunity to learn in a multitude of environments and positions throughout the school day. Glibert soon discovered that both manual and mechanical transfers had their drawbacks. Mechanical transfers were cumbersome, expensive, and time consuming; additionally, many classrooms and restrooms could not accommodate the space these lifts required. Manual transfers were quick and efficient, but Glibert felt that the educational staff did not always abide by proper body mechanics, reducing the safety and increasing the chance of injury during transfers.

After designing and testing several prototypes, Glibert developed the Lift and Transfer Belt (LATbelt) as a compromise between mechanical and manual transfers. This easy-to-use, compact, cost-effective solution is a heavy duty gait belt that seamlessly connects to secured thigh straps. With this belt, two staff members can complete side-by-side or front-to-back dependent transfers in a standardized, safe manner.

The LATbelt is commonly used in conjunction with diagnoses of muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and various spinal cord injuries. With this device, transfers can be conducted between the following: mat tables, wheelchairs, beds, vehicles, gait trainers, chairs, changing tables, standers, and toilets.

The LATbelt is currently being utilized by school districts across the United States. It also has implication for use in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, acute rehabilitation centers, home healthcare, adaptive sports, and recreational therapy.

To learn more, visit LATbelt.com.

Cerebral Palsy: Stats and Facts – please read like and share to help us raise awareness of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is considered a neurological disorder caused by brain injury or brain malformation that occurs while the child’s brain is under development. It may be before, during, or soon after the birth of child. As a result of brain damage it affects body movement and muscle coordination. Cerebral Palsy is neither contagious nor progressive. Although symptoms start becoming noticeable over the first few years of the life but the underlying condition does not worsen with time. The below infographic from UKS Mobility takes a quick look at the top things everyone needs to know about cerebral palsy, including symptoms and social issues affecting people with the condition.


Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy




Cerebral Palsy – the facts

Cerebral Palsy is considered a neurological disorder caused by brain injury or brain malformation that occurs while the child’s brain is under development. It may be before, during, or soon after the birth of child. As a result of brain damage it affects body movement and muscle coordination. Cerebral Palsy is neither contagious nor progressive. Although symptoms start becoming noticeable over the first few years of the life but the underlying condition does not worsen with time. The below infographic from UKS Mobility takes a quick look at the top things everyone needs to know about cerebral palsy, including symptoms and social issues affecting people with the condition.




Cerebral Palsy - the facts
Cerebral Palsy – the facts

“The Effect of Caregiver Stress on Prospective Memory.” Please help a student at Northumbria University which her research into the impact of stress on parents of children with developmental disability


Northumbria University
Northumbria University
As the parent of a child with autism I am always keen to promote research into the area of developmental delays. We were contacted by Lisa Bartle of Northumbria University in the UK who asked us post this on her behalf.

“Hello, I am a final year Psychology Student at Northumbria University. As part of my final year project I am looking for people to take part in a short, online study looking at the effects of caregiver stress on prospective (everyday) memory. The study should only take 10 minutes to complete. To take part you must be 18 years or older and a parent of a child aged between 3-19 years whom lives at home full time. If you would like to take part please click on the link below. The study and all procedures have been approved by the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences UG Ethics Committee”. Please take the survey here.

Bartle is looking for parents of children “with a developmental disability (Autism, Cerebral Palsy or Sensory Disorder)” to take part in the survey.

As some background the research “will compare levels of stress between caregivers of children with developmental disabilities and caregivers of typically developing children, and we will also consider the effect of care-giving stress on prospective memory. The study will also assess whether negative coping behaviors such as smoking and use of alcohol might underlie the negative impact of caregiver stress on memory”.

Thanks very much for your interest. You can access the survey here.


Cerebral Palsy Awareness. Share to spread awareness!


Cerebral Palsy Awareness
Cerebral Palsy Awareness

Please use this graphic to help spread awareness of cerebral palsy.