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Mobility is a Human Right. Why we can’t ignore this topic anymore.

Did you ever attend a course, read an article, or hear a topic and think to yourself, “Yes, this is important. I need to remember this.”? But within a couple weeks this new topic or idea has left your mind. It happens to all of us. We get motivated by hearing someone’s passion, but how…

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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Day – 7 September

Monday 7th September marks Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) awareness day in both Australia and New Zealand, a global day to raise awareness of those affected by Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD). DMD and BMD are both X-linked recessive disorders, caused by mutations in the dystrophin gene. This mutation can be caused by a certain…

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Common Concerns About Early Power Mobility Devices

Welcome to the final part of our series on developmental milestones in early childhood, focusing on mobility. In case you need a refresher, catch up on the entire blog series here! Perhaps one of the mostly widely known authors on this topic are Wiart and Darrah from an article published in 2002 entitled “Changing philosophical…

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Functional Elements of the Explorer Mini’s Saddle Seat

Welcome back to another entry in our series about developmental milestones in early childhood mobility. Check out our earlier blogs on paediatric clinical education here! The saddle seat was designed intentionally to facilitate an upright posture through developmentally appropriate supports. Research regarding the use of either flat seats or saddle-like seating has been conducted over…

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Conventions of Functional Seating in the Explorer Mini

Welcome back to another entry in our series about developmental milestones in early childhood focusing on mobility. Check out our earlier blogs on paediatric clinical education here! We can find all sorts of ways to sit. Usually, not always the most optimal but we change our positions based on the task we are performing. While…

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The Importance of the Explorer Mini’s Midline Joystick for Development

Welcome back to a new entry in our series about developmental milestones in early childhood focusing on mobility. Check out our earlier paediatric clinical education posts here! Upper extremity function, such as reaching, grasping, and manipulating objects requires dynamic stability of the shoulder girdle on a stable trunk. The Explorer Mini tray provides this support…

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Could your child benefit from the Explorer Mini? Part 2

Welcome to the eighth part of our series about developmental milestones in early childhood focusing on mobility. Be sure to catch up on our previous posts in case you missed them here! The Explorer Mini is designed for children with mobility impairments aged 12-36 months old. Hays (1) has defined the most widely used classification…

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Could your child benefit from the Explorer Mini? Part 1

Welcome to Part 7 of our series about developmental milestones in early childhood focusing on mobility! Read our previous blog entries here. The Explorer Mini is designed to be used by a wide variety of young children with mobility impairments. Children with physical disabilities who have difficulty achieving independent motor control are often deprived of…

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