Starfish Therapies

February 19, 2013

Using a Mobility Harness

Filed under: Developmental Milestones — Starfish Therapies @ 12:00 pm
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When we were at our conference recently we purchased a small harness from Wingman Multi-Sport that looked like it had a lot of potential for use at work.  Well its only been two weeks and so far our favorite use is for helping with bike riding.  The handle on the back saves our backs (which is always a bonus) and it allows us to take our hands off the bike without compromising the safety of the child.

Another use we’ve found for it is to attach it to the weights in our Universal Exercise Unit so that the kiddos can climb up the cargo net against resistance and further strengthen their muscles while doing a functional activity.

There are a ton of other ideas we’ve had for using it such as assisting with crawling (to decrease weightbearing), providing assist with walking (so that we don’t actually have to have our hands on the child) and roller blading/skating.  We just haven’t had kiddos that are appropriate for these activities yet so we will have to wait until that happens to trial our other ideas!

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5 Comments »

  1. I like it, kind of like the ultra gait belt for various activities 🙂

    Comment by Natalie — February 19, 2013 @ 8:15 pm | Reply

    • Yes! And the kids just think of it as a backpack and have had no problems with it!

      Comment by Starfish Therapies — February 19, 2013 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

  2. do you have a harness recommendation for kids under 3 years to work on gait training? either over ground walking or to hold while they’re walking on a treadmill?

    Comment by Natalie — February 19, 2013 @ 10:59 pm | Reply

    • We’ve been using the one I show in my video and put as a link. We’ve used it with a 3 1/2 year old so it should work. Prior to that we were using the belt that comes with the Universal Exercise Unit (it looks like a glorified weight lifting belt) to hook kids up while they walk on the treadmill. I like this new harness because you can hook thing up to it from above or use the handle in the back to hold onto them. Hope that helps.

      Comment by Starfish Therapies — February 19, 2013 @ 11:53 pm | Reply

  3. Looks like a wonderful new addition to a PT’s toolbag. Thanks for sharing. I love the idea of it attached to the universal machine. I do activities like this but with resistive tubing.

    Comment by Margaret@YTherapySource — February 21, 2013 @ 3:41 pm | Reply


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