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Another nice story I had was with an 8-year-old girl that I work with – she is studying in a regular school and her class had a show to give onstage; with the TheraTogs on she could stand on the stage with all her friends without her wheelchair for some parts of the show, and everybody was really amazed!
In my 22 years of experience working with children, I find that Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES), Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES), and Whole Body Vibration (WBV) work effectively in concert with TheraTogs to increase strength, ROM, and function in all muscles targeted. Using these modalities may ‘bridge the gap,’ while more studies are done on therapy frequency, so current patients do not fall through the cracks of the system.
My four year old daughter got TheraTogs two days ago. The change in her walking is AMAZING. She used to walk with her left foot/leg turned in 45 to 90 degrees. Braces were not stopping this rotation from the hip. But now both of her feet face forward! She looks great! She absolutely loves wearing her ‘super suit.’
Hi, my name is Melissa, and I have a daughter with Choreoathatoid CP. She also has ataxia and hypotonia. She is 5yrs old and attends a school for the hearing impaired where she receives her therapy 2X per week. We just had a meeting with her PT and OT. They showed us a video of our daughter wearing your TheraTogs. We could not believe our eyes. What an incredible product you have…
A lot of people ask me about TheraTogs. Of course, I always have GREAT things to say about them. They are really a fantastic invention and hopefully will be a standard for all motor impaired kids. I highly recommend these garments and commend Billi for all the energy that has gone into making them available to all children and therapists!
I am a huge fan of the TheraTogs … Finally I feel like there is something to reinforce what I have to offer the families during my visit. I have seen great results and positive feedback from excited parents where children have made breakthroughs achieving goals. As a bonus, I am finding the carryover for strengthening is better as the parents remember to incorporate a strategy more when there is a constant reminder; eg, “wrap straps around the weak abdominals and hips” equals “do an activity the PT suggested for abdominals and hip strength.
William stood for at least two minutes – unassisted – today while he waited on me to go get his walker… He also just pushed himself up off the floor into a standing position without pulling up on anything or using anything for assistance! Today is a great day!
I just received a set of the preschool TheraTogs to use as trial for some of my kiddos and was totally amazed and excited at my initial results and thought I would share for the purpose of further discussion… My little 3-year-old girl with diplegia did amazingly well. She was not happy initially donning the garment, but once on said she felt more steady standing. She even lifted and carried some quite heavy objects without falling… something she would never have attempted otherwise. Another little 3-year-old with mild spastic quadriplegia tolerated it well… and she has major undressing issues…
About TheraTogs: I have been using them with my clients for several months now and couldn’t be happier. In my opinion this is the best invention since sliced bread. It lets you keep your hands on the child when you’re not there. You don’t really need to go to a training course. The TheraTogs come with a video. Watch it a few times and follow the instructions. You just apply the suit, fit and tailor it, then play with strapping until you get what you want.
It certainly is a reasonably priced option for families… and families who see it work during therapy time can easily buy into using it, especially in the winter as an undergarment. These are washable as well and once set up can be easily used by the family… what a great way to get carryover.
I encouraged my facility to order two different sizes of the TheraTogs kits (the infant and preschool sizes). We received them at the end of last week and tried them on three different children today. We were very happy with the results that we saw in our first attempts at fitting. The versatility is good, and we immediately saw improved trunk posture, upper extremity functional posture and use, and lower extremity use, in children of different ages with different needs.
J.N., a 4-year-old child with ataxic cerebral palsy, wears her TheraTogs TankTop and Hipster at preschool, and has already shown significant gains in her stair-climbing ability. Her teachers also report that with them on, she is able to feed herself her whole lunch with a fork – rather than resorting to using her hands in frustration. The TheraTogs provide her with ongoing trunk stability, which translates into improved upper extremity control and function. We couldn’t ask for more!
I just wanted to give major kudos to Marie. There was an issue with an order today and she stayed right on top of it until it was resolved. She handled the situation with the highest quality of customer care and it was a pleasure to work with her.
This particular TheraTogs patient is only 17 months old with mild right hemiplegia. Not only did her alignment improve significantly during all phases of ambulation, we noted improvement in her fluency as well as in her balance. She was also able to independently walk up an incline and over a variety of surface changes without requiring upper extremity assist. Once the TheraTogs were removed, she could not complete some of the same tasks, and was less steady, with tripping and falls noted with surface changes. Not one fall with the TheraTogs on.
We recently have purchased a pediatric set of TheraTogs for our clinic. I have been very impressed with the changes I am seeing my patients make when utilizing the TheraTogs. I have been using just the Hipster and small straps to increase hip abduction and stability. One 3 year old client with mild spastic diplegia went from taking only 5-7 steps independently to taking up to 23 steps with the TheraTogs in one session.