Alilah has optic nerve hypoplasia
September 20, 2018
New nickname is Miss Independent
Alilah (17 months old, mobility visual impairment) is walking freely in a mall. As she is seeking to explore in opposite direction, mom asks, 'Are you now, Miss Independent?' After two months of wearing her belt cane, Alilah demonstrates self-confidence and improved language and motor skills.
Maintaining contact with objects
Alilah (15 months with mobility visual impairment) is able to walk, but when left to play by herself without a mobility tool does she does not cross open space, she stays constantly connected.
Slow hesitant pace in grass
Alilah is able to walk and when prompted to come by mother without a mobility tool she does cross the green grass. She walks slowly and carefully.
August 21, 2018
First steps with a COMS support
When Alilah (16 months old) first experiences her cane, her mom and O&M specially begin to encourage her to hold her hands down on the belt cane frame. We recommend just "adding the belt cane". Give the children time to experience the benefits, their hands naturally find the cane frame, in their own time.
Outside on grass is a goal.
Alilah is standing in the grass attempting to come to the sound of her mother's voice wearing her belt cane. This task is more difficult for a first time cane user, as it requires the child or adult to hold the cane so that the frame lightly graces the top of the grass.
September 12, 2018
At home relaxing with family
Alilah (17 months) is encouraged by her mom to walk, she stands still and says the word "cane". Standing still without holding on to anything is a goal of motor development. Alilah is encouraged by her mom to walk, she stands still and says the word "outside".
September 20, 2018
At the mall wearing tight spaces cane
Alilah is having fun moving about the mall wearing her cane. Now that she does not have to hold on to anybody's hand, she won't listen to her mother. She keeps running away from mom. She has some serious speed! Watch her go!
October 25, 2018
At the mall we go our own way.
Alilah (18 months is walking away from the sound of her mother's voice and freely crossing open space wearing her belt cane.
Alilah is hands free.
We see her freely crossing open space wearing her pediatric belt cane. She has learned to grasp the cane frame as she moves about various surfaces inside the mall. She is hands free, as no one has to hold her hand.