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Javier has light perception only

July 24, 2019

Javier crosses open space alone

Javier is encouraged to walk freely by his physical therapist. Javi is walking without holding anyone's hand. He has made up from tactile path information, wearing his belt cane provides important, consistent path information.

 

Before belt cane

April 12, 2019

Walks only with assistance

Javier is 17-months old and he is being encouraged to walk freely by his dad. He is walking with assistance. Javier's twin brother is sighted and walks without assistance.

Compare twin brother walks well Being guided, wide-based gait, slow, halting. In guide, there is assistance with the route however, no path information. For example, Javier's body contacts the wall.

Javier sings many songs

As he is investigating a wall with his hands, his mom and dad indicate he has learned many songs already. Javier knows songs, counting games, and responds to his parents requests.

Being guided thru the hallways

His dad asks if he wants to walk by himself, but Javier does not. Javier has already learned that he does not want to walk without an object or person to hold on to. He is very smart.

After belt cane

Walking hands free for first time

Javier is encouraged to walk without the help of his mom's hands. These are his twelve first steps without holding on to someone.

It began with his measurements Mohamad FallahRad, Safe Toddles' engineer, demonstrates how to measure for a cane and how to put the belt on. Javier stands very quietly for him and does not mind the belt.

Introduction to the belt cane

Dr. Grace Ambrose-Zaken, COMS shows the wearable cane introduction approach she learned from her experiences working with the pioneering pediatric belt cane families.

Communicating cane properties

By tapping on the cane, Dr. Grace Ambrose-Zaken, COMS is providing feedback about the location, size and shape of the frame of the belt cane. This feedback helps build confidence and understanding.

Just add the belt cane

Javier' parents are encouraged by Dr. Grace Ambrose-Zaken, COMS to walk hand in hand for first pediatric belt cane steps. Javier's self-confidence will grow the more he receives consistent and reliable feedback about his path ahead from the cane.

New meaning to obstacle contacts Javier is learning to understand wall detection through his cane. Dr. Grace Ambrose-Zaken is providing support by tapping the base of the belt cane against the wall.

The difference is striking

Javier's sighted twin is identical in looks, but his motor, language, concepts, and social skills appear more advanced that Javier. His twin is on target for his age. The comparison makes early developmental delays easier to identify.

Javier lifts his cane

Javier has been walking, sitting and singing wearing his cane. Dr. Ambrose-Zaken notices he lifted his cane up/down. His dad and she encourage him to play and make noise with his belt cane frame.

Standing still is improved

In the middle of the video we see Javier stand without assistance for almost a minute. He is losing steam at the end of the session, Javier tired from the amount of standing and walking his first day ever wearing his belt cane

Walking in guide improved

Wearing the cane and with a guide, he walks more willingly, less stopping, faster pace and a narrower gait. Javier is gripping the belt cane frame with both his hands as he walks with assistance.

Size and shape of cane frame

Dr. Grace Ambrose-Zaken attempts to communicate the size and shape of the cane frame to Javier. Javier's dad is introducing Javier to the top of the frame and encouraging him to walk.

Standing still and motivation

Javier's dad encourages him to find the wall. Dr. Grace Ambrose-Zaken, COMS taps the wall to demonstrate location of wall. She is speaking to give Javier to provide more information about the hallway and her location. He stood without support, attempting to sit again, when he felt his dad's hand.

May 3, 2019

Belt cane practice at the mall

Javier is standing and banging all by himself. It shows better balance in one-handed guide with his dad. Javier remains upright after his belt cane frame contacts his brother.

Cruising with belt cane

Javier is standing and banging a sign by himself. He shows better balance in one-handed guide. Mom is calling him to her encouraging him to walk on his own.

May 14, 2019

Javier walks freely for a few steps

Javier is encouraged to walk freely by his dad. He is wearing his cane and has path information and it tells him his brother is stopped in front of him, blocking his path. Brothers.

Just a few seconds

Javier is standing in the middle of the mall all by himself. It ends with him sitting down onto the floor.

Walking in guide with dad

His dad only has to hold on with one hand as they walk in the mall together. Javier has nice posture and gait, and can be heard chirping happily.

July 24, 2019

Javier crosses open space alone

Javier is encouraged to walk freely by his physical therapist. Javi is walking without holding anyone's hand. He has made up from tactile path information, wearing his belt cane provides important, consistent path information.