Meet Ada - A girl with CP and her experience with the Innowalk
by Rikke Damkjær Moen - Physiotherapist and Medical Manager on November 10
Ada is a 4 year old girl born 3 months premature and has cerebral palsy with a functional level of GMFCS IV. For her parents, it has been important to stimulate her in an active standing position with weight bearing and in a walking pattern. The aim has been for Ada to build up her body’s strength and stability, something that will give her the opportunity for increased activity and social interaction.
The ability to walk
From the age of 18 months, Ada used a standing frame for 1 year. She had Innowalk when she was 2½ years old. During a four weeks trial period, she was involved in a project to test and measure various functions before and after having the aid.
Changes in terms of transition from standing to sitting on a bench were measured, and unaided sitting increased from a few minutes to half an hour. Measurements were also made of clinically important changes in joint mobility, which may be signiﬁcant in the long term for Ada’s ability to walk in other walking aids.
Eighteen months after Ada started using Innowalk, she still uses it every day at the day nursery, for 30 minutes twice a day. She stands in Innowalk and joins the other children in activities such as reading, drawing and group time.
“The staff at the day nursery are good at integrating her training in Innowalk with activities with other children. Ada likes standing in Innowalk.”
- Ada’s mum
Thanks to Innowalk, Ada has gained more strength and stability in her body, and the increased activity stimulates and improves her gastrointestinal function, which is now better than before.
Ada's experience with Innowalk
• Increased stability and strength
• Better gastro-intestinal function
• Better joint mobility in ankles and knee tendons
• Improvements in gross motor skills
• Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of disorders
• CP is the commonest cause of physical disability in early childhood
• Overall, the CP rate is between- 2 and 3 per 1000 live births
• CP involves a disorder of movement and posture and of motor function
• It is due to a non-progressive interference/lesion/abnormality. This interference/lesion/abnormality is in the developing/immature brain