Add a quotableBut since using the Pediasuit, Joshua has taken steps on his own, can hold his head up without assistance and can sit up. He is even making strides towards feeding himself.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) April 07, 2013
South Florida-based children’s charity Bright Steps Forward has partnered with popular crowdfunding website ClickStartMe to provide a much-needed therapeutic device, the Pediasuit, to Joshua Stewart-True, one of the nation’s few survivors of Shaken Baby Syndrome. Joshua’s development has remarkably progressed since he started receiving therapy using a Pediasuit at Ft. Lauderdale’s Therapies4Kids, and this crowdfunding project will allow Joshua to continue to make progress when he returns to his home in Washington state.
“Before starting Pediasuit therapy, Joshua was in the fetal position 90% of the time, could not sit on his own, could not hold his head up without assistance, and standing or walking seemed out of the question,” said Leo deOliveira, one of Joshua’s therapists and the inventor of the Pediasuit. “But since using the Pediasuit, Joshua has taken steps on his own, can hold his head up without assistance and can sit up. He is even making strides towards feeding himself.” Joshua’s incredible progress is documented in a video accompanying the ClickStartMe crowdfunding project.
Joshua will soon be returning to Washington from the Pediasuit clinic in Florida, and at that time will need his own Pediasuit to continue to make progress. Joshua’s grandmother, Carlene Schultz wants to make that trip with a Pediasuit in tow. “With all of Joshua’s medical bills and other expenses, the family simply cannot afford to buy a Pediasuit, so Bright Steps Forward and Pediasuit stepped in to help,“ deOliveira said. “By crowdfunding this Pediasuit, Joshua will keep progressing and one day be able to walk on his own and feed himself.”
Joshua’ grandmother has nothing but praise for Pediasuit and the progress it has allowed his grandson to make, “As far as Pediasuit goes, right now, it has given him a future brighter than we ever expected.”
According to deOliveira, the Pediasuit provides a safe environment for developing both mobility and strengthening in children with developmental problems from a number of maladies including cerebral palsy, autism, brain injuries and shaken baby syndrome. The fundamental purpose of the Pediasuit program is to support weak and tight muscle groups by providing stability and assistance from the proximal muscle groups. Pediasuit users receive benefit from engaging in activities in multiple planes of motion while being in several positions (prone, seated, standing, locomotive). According to deOliveira, the mechanics and use of the Pediasuit are easy to learn.
Bright Steps Forward is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping other children and founded by Leo and Eileen deOliveira, who also operate Therapies 4 Kids. Leo deOliveira is also the inventor or the Pediasuit, which is used in the United State and countries around the world to assist in the physical therapy and development of children with several physical ailments. For more on Pediasuit, visit their website.
Shaken Baby Syndrome is a 100% preventable condition that results from the violent shaking or impacting of the head of an infant or small child that occurs when a baby is shaken. SBS/AHT (shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma) is a term used to describe the constellation of signs and symptoms resulting from this type of preventable trauma. For more information visit the National Center On Shaken Baby Syndrome’s website.
ClickStartMe is the new, rapidly growing crowdfunding site that “puts the fun in crowdfunding.” ClickStartMe was co-founded by crowdfunding expert Kendall Almerico and differentiates itself from other crowdfunding sites providing hand-on assistance for project creators, having the first e-commerce store on any crowdfunding site and by providing an open forum for anyone or any business to crowdfund their dreams.
Crowdfunding expert Kendall Almerico, the CEO of ClickStartMe.com, the upstart crowdfunding site that “puts the fun in crowdfunding” and a JOBS Act expert, contributed to this article. Kendall Almerico is available for interviews, media appearances and speaking opportunities about any aspect of crowdfunding. to make progress when he returns to his home in Washington state.