Press Release: COMMUNITY RALLIES IN SUPPORT OF CONVAID’S 2015 SOUTH BAY KIDSFEST

Local business support Convaid and Pediatric Therapy Network in 1st annual pediatric mobility awareness event

Torrance, CA (June 23, 2015) — Convaid, Inc. (Convaid), a Torrance-based manufacturer of custom-made, compact lightweight adaptive-assisted wheelchairs today announced confirmed sponsors of this weekend’s First Annual South Bay Kidsfest, presented by Convaid and Pediatric Therapy Network (PTN) in association with United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties (UCPLA) to be held this Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 11a.m. to 3p.m. at the PTN Campus located at 1815 W. 213th Street, Torrance, CA 90501.

The family friendly event will feature a day long film festival of short films for kids; outdoor carnival games face painting, fun food and other activities which will run concurrently to an educational program for medical prescribers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, caregivers and parents of children with mobility challenges where Convaid’s latest pediatric stroller, the Trekker, will be introduced during the event.

Supporting Convaid and PTN in this event are several local business including: Artiano & Associates, Great American Packaging, John Cataldo Architect, Inc., Hadd Co., Eazy Hold, Knock Knock, Richard Welling & Co., LLP, Systems Technology, Inc., Dotta Foods, Voss Water and Choura Events.

The Convaid Trekker is a lightweight, compact folding pediatric stroller that accommodates functional or rest positions and increased sitting tolerance for maximum comfort is often prescribed for children with mild to moderate involvement of the following conditions: Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Spinal Bifida, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Cystic Fibrosis, Mitochondrial Disease, Metabolic Diseases, and Sensory Processing Disorders, among others.

Convaid President Chris Braun said, “I am honored that PTN and UCPLA have chosen to join us in this First Annual Kidsfest that brings together our respective communities in an inclusive family event that brings awareness to our collective mission to improve quality of life for all special needs children and with a focus on the importance of pediatric mobility across the special needs spectrum.”

PTN Chief Executive Officer and founder Terri Nishimura said, “We are thrilled that our neighbors at Convaid invited us to participate in Kidsfest, and look forward to the community joining us for a fun=filled, family friendly event. As a nonprofit early child development and therapy center, PTN values partnerships with organizations like Convaid who support us in enhancing the lives of children with special needs while helping them reach their full capacities.

UCPLA Chief Development Officer, Amy Simons said, “Each day, UCPLA cares for 1,100 individuals with developmental disabilities of all sorts and their families, and we are committed to building better, more inclusive communities for these individuals.” Ronald S. Cohen, President and Chief Executive Office of UCPLA said, “UCPLA is proud to align with Convaid to help individuals with developmental disabilities and their families pursue healthy, fulfilling lives without limitation.”

2015 South Bay Kidsfest is one of several community events planned between Convaid and its community partners. To learn more about Convaid and its products, please visit http://www.convaid.com or call 1-888-CONVAID.

About Convaid

Convaid, the company that invented the adaptive assisted wheelchair, has helped special needs children and their families live fuller, more productive lives since 1976. Convaid produces high-performance, easy-to-use and attractive mobility products for all stages of a young person’s life, from infancy to young adulthood. Each product is custom-built to individual specifications to provide optimum comfort, safety and convenience.

About PTN

Pediatric Therapy Network a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization is an early child development and therapy center that was founded in 1996 and provides quality services for children with special needs and those at risk for developmental issues. PTN provides speech, physical and occupational therapy to 2,500 children a year and is a resource to families through a variety of programs and services. PTN serves ages 0 to 22 of all abilities, including those with autism spectrum disorder developmental delays, and learning disabilities, sports-related injuries, orthopedic and neurological challenges. With a dedicated staff of 150 employees, PTN serves children from all over the South Bay at its 30,000-square foot clinic in Torrance.

About United Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties (UCPLA) operates over 40 program sites throughout five counties in southern California and has extended its mission to serve all people with developmental disabilities. These programs include adult day activity centers, children’s programs, community living support services, group homes and independent living apartments. UCPLA provides services to over 1,100 children and adults with developmental disabilities daily. For more information on UCPLA visit www.ucpla.org or Facebook at facebook.com/ucpla. UCPLA was founded in 1945 by a small group of parents who wanted to create community-based services or their children with developmental disabilities and similar service needs when no such services existed. UCPLA is dedicated to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of children and adults with developmental disabilities and those with similar service requirements. UCPLA’s programs and services keep pace with the need for services, programs, resources and support groups to provide clients and families equal opportunities to choose and participate in lifestyles that enable them to live in and contribute to their own communities.

About our Sponsors:

Artiano & Associates
Since 1984, Artiano & Associates, APC Attorneys at Law has been representing Southern California individuals and businesses in a variety of legal area ranging from environmental litigation to medical malpractice defense. The firm is one of South Bay’s largest firms, having earned an upstanding reputation among client and peers, resulting in the majority of the firm’s cases originating from attorney referrals.
http://www.artianolaw.com

Great American Packaging
Great American Packaging is a South Bay-based manufacturer of custom that poly bags, film and other packing products made in California since 1966. Products include tubing, sheeting, printed bags and film, specialty bags, postal approved film, pallet covers, gap ice bags and the company also provides automated packaging services.
http://www.greatampack.com

John Cataldo Architect, Inc.
Since its inception in 1986, Cataldo Architects has completed well over 3,000 buildings across a wide variety of building types. Catalo’s staff of 17 help through all aspects of architecture, engineering, and construction administration with a goal to see each client’s visions come to life. Cataldo Architects, guided by its founder John Cataldo, serves the building industry by providing astute guidance for developers, builders, and buyers.
http://www.johncataldo.com

Hadd Co.
Founded in 1958 and has established a nation-wide reputation of providing leading quality NDT inspection services specializing in Magnetic Particle Inspection and Liquid Penetrant Inspection. The company is privately owned. It prides itself on its considerable technical experience, highest quality standards and relentless commitment to building close relationships with its customers. Hadd Co. is accredited by Nadcap, Boeing and other leading manufacturers.
http://www.haddco.com

Eazy Hold
Eazy hold was founded by three active sisters, mothers and professional women, who found that many tasks around the house and garden were becoming a challenge due to the arthritis in their hands. Frustrated, they constructed a duct-tape EazyHold on a broom handle that became the first model. Quickly, their grip assistive straps evolved into comfortable silicone strap that could fit on virtually anything, proving invaluable for those needing a little grip assistance. Products will be on display at Kidsfest!
http://www.eazyhold.com

Knock Knock
Founded in 2002 by Jen Bilik, Knock Knock creates or curates witty, design-driven gift products and books, along with anything else that brings humor, function, organization, and aesthetics to everyday life. Knock Knock believes that people are intelligent enough to appreciate wit, wordplay, and conceptual thought. The Knock Knock team operates out of a sunny loft in Venice, California, creating products and books to overseeing the all-important logistical dynamics of manufacturing, sales, and distribution.

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Richard Welling & Co., LLP
Founded in 1988, Richard Welling LLP has grown into one of the premier tax compliance and consulting firms for the investment management and real estate industries. The firm’s clients range from global asset management and investment firms, to major real estate developers and operators. They also serve private clients with investment and real estate activities such as business owners, executives, family offices, trusts, and estates — provide clients with comprehensive and integrated solutions — to their complex tax issues.
http://www.richardwellingllp.com

Systems Technology, Inc.
Founded in 1957, STI is a research, engineering consulting and product development firm that resides at a unique intersection. Its expertise is where two types of complex dynamic systems meet: machines that move and the humans that control them, from aircraft to automobiles, airships to underwater towed bodies, and oil rigs to astronomical telescopes. The company has been on the cutting edge of research and engineering for nearly six decades, applying fundamental physics and math principles to address new technological challenges.

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Dotta Foods
Founded in 1996, Dotta Foods works closely with certified manufacturing plants in Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Peru, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Ecuador. Focusing on specialty and value-added products, the company provides a diverse selection of products and services to meet demanding specifications.
Exclusive suppliers rely on Dotta for all of their North American and European sales, as a securely managed and well financed partner that provides incremental volume opportunities not available through their current sales system (brokers, importers, or company employed).

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Voss Water
Voss Water is the vision and creation of two boyhood friends growing up in Oslo, Norway; Ole Christian Sandberg and Christopher Harlem. They knew instinctively that bottling pure Norwegian artesian water would be a big hit with discerning consumers around the world. The success of VOSS comes from a clear vision of quality and design, and is now celebrated in 50 countries. Tailored for different consumption occasions, VOSS is available in Still and Sparkling high grade PET and glass containers.
http://www.vosswater.com

Choura Events
Choura Events is a Los Angeles based creative event agency specializing in high-end tenting, furniture and rentals. Founded in 2005 and led by the vision of Ryan Choura, the company has 85 dedicated event professionals who are on a mission is to make better events. Choura provides design, perspective and creativity to utilize the company’s extraordinary collection of inventory and depth of services to produce an event that combines vision and logistics, ideas and execution.

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Links:

Convaid website: http://www.convaid.com
Trekker http://www.convaid.com/adjustable-tilt-space-wheelchairs-trekker-c-1_14_207-l-en.html
Convaid YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ConvaidProductsInc
Convaid Community Blog: https://convaidblog.wordpress.com/
Pediatric Therapy Network: www.pediatrictherapynetwork.org
United Cerebral Palsy: http://www.ucpla.org/

Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Clinical Blog: Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Spinal Muscular Atrophy is an autosomal recessive disease caused by a defect in the SMN1 gene.  This gene codes the SMN protein which is essential for motor neuron survival.  The lack of the SMN protein results in functional loss of motor neurons in the anterior horn of the spinal cord.  Located on human chromosome 5 at location 5q13 are two quite similar genes, SMN1 and SMN2.  SMN2 can only code approximately 10-20% of functional SMN protein (SMN-fl).  All SMA patients retain at least 1-4 copies of the SMN2 gene which allows some level of normal SMN protein production and some survival of motor neurons.  The severity of SMA is related to the number of copies of SMN2 and their ability to produce SMN-fl.

The clinical manifestations include progressive muscle wasting/weakness as a result of the lack of motor neuron function, poor muscle tone, delays in motor development, respiratory compromise with ventilator dependency a possibility, areflexia in extremities, fisted hands, fasciculations of the tongue, oral motor difficulties, and weight loss.  Muscle weakness can lead to orthopedic issues such as spinal kyphosis or scoliosis and equinus deformity of the foot. TLSO (thoracic/lumbar/sacral orthosis) and ankle orthotics may be used to prevent or reduce progression of skeletal  issues.  Oral motor limitations in (SMA I, II) can lead to gastrostomy tube placement to provide necessary nutrition.  Their cognitive development is usually normal to slightly advanced.

sma kiddoThere are several types of SMA classified by the age of onset of the symptoms which include:

  • Werdnig-Hoffmann (Type I)
    • Werdnig-Hoffmann or infantile SMA is evident at birth or shortly thereafter with rapid death of dysfunctional neurons producing a “floppy baby syndrome” as well as respiratory compromise usually requiring tracheostomy with ventilation.
    • They are completely dependent in all functional tasks. Life expectance is often very limited from a few weeks to 2 years.
    • However, 10% of SMA 1 with milder phenotypes and with effective respiratory support can live into adolescence or adulthood.
  • Dubowitz (Type II)
    • Manifests between 6- 18 months of age with the child able to sit with or without assistance, but unable to advance much past this, with standing and walking usually unattainable.
    • The progression can vary. Respiratory limitations are a concern and carefully managed per individual.
    • Longevity is often into adulthood.
  • Kugelberg-Welander (Type III)
    • Kugelberg-Welander usually presents about 18 months of age.
    • These clients are often independent in standing and walk without support to a degree. Ambulation may deteriorate with time with client requiring wheeled mobility at some point.
    • Respiratory involvement is much less and life expectancy is fairly normal.
  • Adulthood Onset (Type IV)
    • Develops in adulthood near third decade of life with muscle weakness in proximal muscles of the extremities noted and possible need for wheeled mobility with progression.
    • Respiratory complications are rare and life expectancy is normal.

SMA I and severe cases of SMA II are much more compromised usually requiring ventilation and support for upright sitting secondary to their poor head, trunk and extremity control against gravity.  They also require tilt in space to reduce gravity’s negative impact on their weak torso, to position effectively for g-tube feedings (to prevent GERD), provide pressure relief, aid in head control and visual regard, as well as aid positioning for tracheostomy /respiratory care.  Recline can allow diaper changes without the need to transfer client with all the ventilation tubing to another surface, allow age appropriate full rest when out in the community, and aid caregiver with ventilator needs (tracheostomy changes, suctioning).

The Trekker, by Convaid, is ideal for this population.  The Trekker provides all the positional changes – tilt & recline-, seating options, and accommodates ventilator and G-tube needs, while still remaining extremely lightweight.

For more information on the Trekker go to http://www.convaid.com/adjustable-tilt-space-wheelchairs-trekker-c-14_207-l-en.html.

For Trekker product specifics, feel free to visit the following videos:

Article was written by Karen Missy Ball, MT, PT, ATP heads up Convaid’s CEU courses for physical therapists and other prescribers. She is the former Acting director and Assistant Director of the Physical Therapy Department at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans and was co-director of the seating program at Children’s for a decade while she also acted as a consultant to United Cerebral Palsy Center’s seating clinic. Missy was the educational specialist for Freedom Designs for 16 years. Presently, she has a private practice specializing in pediatric neurology clientele for treatment and equipment needs and continues to lecture globally on the topic of seating and mobility. Missy is an ATP and certified in pediatric NDT with a solid focus on improving function through treatment and equipment. Prior to her PT career, she practiced as a laboratory scientist specializing in Hematology. She attended Louisiana State University Medical Center for both Medical Technology (1977) and Physical Therapy (1984). She has been working as a health care professional for over 34 years.

Press Release: CONVAID TO PRESENT TREKKER AT 2015 SOUTH BAY KIDSFEST

Convaid partners with Pediatric Therapy Network and United Cerebral Palsy in support of pediatric mobility awareness

Kids Fest 2015 ConvaidTorrance, CA (June 9, 2015) — Convaid, Inc., a Torrance-based manufacturer of custom-made, compact lightweight adaptive-assisted wheelchairs today announced its alliance with Pediatric Therapy Network (PTN) and United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties (UCPLA) in production of the First Annual South Bay Kidsfest to be held on June 27, 2015 from 11a.m. to 3p.m. at the PTN Campus located at 1815 W. 213th Street, Torrance, CA 90501.

The family friendly event will feature a day long film festival of short films written and produced by kids for kids; outdoor carnival games face painting, fun food and other activities which will run concurrent to an educational program for adults of children with mobility challenges and members of the medical community.  Convaid’s latest pediatric stroller, the Trekker, will be introduced during the event.

PTN, UCPLA and PTN envision that 2015 South Bay Kidsfest will be the first joint event where each organization can share information in a fun and family-friendly environment. It is also the first forum in Southern California where Convaid’s Trekker will be presented publicly.

The Convaid Trekker is a lightweight, compact folding pediatric stroller that accommodates functional or rest positions and increased sitting tolerance for maximum comfort is typically prescribed for children with mild to moderate involvement of the following conditions:  Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Spinal Bifida, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Cystic Fibrosis, Mitochondrial Disease, Metabolic Diseases, and Sensory Processing Disorders, among others.

 

Trekker product highlights include:

  • Separate base and seating module
  • Reversible seating
  • Variable positioning (up to 170 degrees of adjustable recline and tilt ranging from -5 to 45 degrees)
  • Accepts aftermarket seating
  • Comes with a wide range of therapeutic and comfort options
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to fold for maximal portability
  • Can be used from early intervention
  • Can be used as an all-day chair
  • Meets WC19 transport safety standards

 

Convaid President Chris Braun said, “I am honored that PTN and UCPLA have chosen to join us in this First Annual Kidsfest that brings together our respective communities in an inclusive family event that brings awareness to our collective mission to improve quality of life for all special needs children and with a focus on the importance of pediatric mobility across the special needs spectrum.”

PTN Chief Executive Officer and founder Terri Nishimura said, “We are thrilled that our neighbors at Convaid invited us to participate in Kidsfest, and look forward to the community joining us for a fun=filled, family friendly event. As a nonprofit early child development and therapy center, PTN values partnerships with organizations like Convaid who support us in enhancing the lives of children with special needs while helping them reach their full capacities.

UCPLA Chief Development Officer, Amy Simons said, “Each day, UCPLA cares for 1,100 individuals with developmental disabilities of all sorts and their families, and we are committed to building better, more inclusive communities for these individuals.” Ronald S. Cohen, President and Chief Executive Office of UCPLA said, “UCPLA is proud to align with Convaid to help individuals with developmental disabilities and their families pursue healthy, fulfilling lives without limitation.”

2015 South Bay Kidsfest is one of several community events planned between Convaid and its community partners.  To learn more about Convaid and its products, please visit http://www.convaid.com or call 1-888-CONVAID.

 

About Convaid

Convaid, the company that invented the adaptive assisted wheelchair, has helped special needs children and their families live fuller, more productive lives since 1976. Convaid produces high-performance, easy-to-use and attractive mobility products for all stages of a young person’s life, from infancy to young adulthood. Each product is custom-built to individual specifications to provide optimum comfort, safety and convenience.

About PTN

Pediatric Therapy Network a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization is an early child development and therapy center that was founded in 1996 and provides quality services for children with special needs and those at risk for developmental issues.  PTN provides speech, physical and occupational therapy to 2,500 children a year and is a resource to families through a variety of programs and services.  PTN serves ages 0 to 22 of all abilities, including those with autism spectrum disorder developmental delays, and learning disabilities, sports-related injuries, orthopedic and neurological challenges. With a dedicated staff of 150 employees, PTN serves children from all over the South Bay at its 30,000-square foot clinic in Torrance.

About United Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties (UCPLA) operates over 40 program sites throughout five counties in southern California and has extended its mission to serve all people with developmental disabilities. These programs include adult day activity centers, children’s programs, community living support services, group homes and independent living apartments. UCPLA provides services to over 1,100 children and adults with developmental disabilities daily. For more information on UCPLA visit www.ucpla.org or Facebook at facebook.com/ucpla. UCPLA was founded in 1945 by a small group of parents who wanted to create community-based services or their children with developmental disabilities and similar service needs when no such services existed. UCPLA is dedicated to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of children and adults with developmental disabilities and those with similar service requirements. UCPLA’s programs and services keep pace with the need for services, programs, resources and support groups to provide clients and families equal opportunities to choose and participate in lifestyles that enable them to live in and contribute to their own communities.

 

Links:

Convaid website:  http://www.convaid.com

Trekker http://www.convaid.com/adjustable-tilt-space-wheelchairs-trekker-c-1_14_207-l-en.html

Convaid YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ConvaidProductsInc  

Convaid Community Blog: https://convaidblog.wordpress.com/

Pediatric Therapy Network:  www.pediatrictherapynetwork.org

United Cerebral Palsy:  http://www.ucpla.org/

Press Release: REHAVITA TO PRESENT CONVAID TREKKER AT LATIN AMERICAN SEATING SYMPOSIUM

Trekker StrollerTorrance, CA (June 9, 2015) — Convaid, Inc., a Torrance-based manufacturer of custom-made, compact lightweight adaptive-assisted wheelchairs today announced that Convaid’s Trekker and other compact, lightweight, folding pediatric wheelchairs will be presented at the 3rd International Symposium Sitting Postural Alignment, known as the Latin American Seating Symposium (LASS) to be held June 11-13, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel, in Córdoba, Argentina.

Convaid will be represented by Rehavita, its distributor in Argentina. Buenos Aries-based Rehavita has been in the rehabilitation and in-home healthcare sector for over seven years and is a Silver Sponsor of the upcoming symposium.

Just in time for the Latin American Seating Symposium, Convaid has produced 35 micro videos depicting various aspects of its latest offering, the Trekker. The videos are geared for prospective prescribers, consumers and others interested in viewing quick, detailed Convaid Trekker product highlights.  These Trekker product videos can be viewed on theConvaid YouTube Channel.

The Convaid Trekker is a lightweight, compact folding pediatric stroller that accommodates functional or rest positions and increased sitting tolerance for maximum comfort is typically prescribed for children with mild to moderate involvement of the following conditions:  Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Spinal Bifida, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Cystic Fibrosis, Mitochondrial Disease, Metabolic Diseases, and Sensory Processing Disorders, among others.

 

Trekker product highlights include:

  • Separate base and seating module
  • Reversible seating
  • Variable positioning (up to 170 degrees of adjustable recline and tilt ranging from -5 to 45 degrees)
  • Accepts aftermarket seating
  • Comes with a wide range of therapeutic and comfort options
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to fold for maximal portability
  • Can be used from early intervention
  • Can be used as an all-day chair
  • Meets WC19 transport safety standards

 

The following is a listing of Convaid Trekker product videos that can be accessed on Convaid’s YouTube Channel:

  • Convaid Trekker Tilt-in-space details
  • Convaid Trekker reversible seating options
  • Convaid Trekker overview
  • Convaid Trekker rain cover
  • Convaid Trekker mosquito net
  • Convaid Trekker 80 to 170 degree recline feature
  • Convaid Trekker extended canopy
  • Convaid Trekker foot-operated wheel locks
  • Convaid Trekker seat pan
  • Convaid Trekker elevating adjustable foot rests
  • Convaid Treker one-piece adjustable push handle
  • How to fold Convaid Trekker
  • Convaid Trekker back cane for after-market seating
  • Convaid Trekker back system
  • Convaid Trekker upper extremities support tray
  • Convaid Trekker extremities support tray padded cover
  • Convaid Trekker utility bag
  • Convaid Trekker medical necessities storage basket
  • Convaid Trekker IV pole
  • Convaid Trekker LTV ventilator holder
  • Convaid Trekker oxygen tank holder
  • Convaid Trekker hard tray for ventilator or suction machine
  • Convaid Trekker rear anti-trip tubes
  • Convaid Trekker back and planar seat cushions
  • Convaid Trekker contoured seat cushions
  • Convaid Trekker lateral armrest
  • Convaid Trekker 3-point positioning belt
  • Convaid Trekker calf panel
  • Convaid Trekker foot positioners
  • Convaid Trekker medial knee abductor
  • Convaid Trekker adjustable curved head support
  • Convaid Trekker adjustable wing head support
  • Convaid Trekker width adjustable thoracic lateral support
  • Convaid Trekker H-harness with padded covers
  • How to reverse and remove Convaid Trekker seating module from seating base

 

Individuals wishing to schedule an appointment to view the Convaid Trekker during the Latin American Seating Symposium t are urged to contact Rehavita’s through their website at www.rehavita.com.ar to schedule an appointment.

Following the Latin American Seating Conference, Convaid’s Trekker will make its way to Southern California at the first annual South Bay Kidsfest, an event co-promoted by Convaid, Pediatric Therapy Network and United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, to be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 11AM to 3PM at the PTN Campus, 1815 West 213th Street, Torrance, CA 90501.

About Convaid

Convaid, the company that invented the adaptive assisted wheelchair, has helped special needs children and their families live fuller, more productive lives since 1976. Convaid produces high-performance, easy-to-use and attractive mobility products for all stages of a young person’s life, from infancy to young adulthood. Each product is custom-built to individual specifications to provide optimum comfort, safety and convenience.

 

Links:

Convaid Trekker Videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ConvaidProductsInc 

Trekker promo on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNOuZ98-MIlXOdHW4_OnGwQ

Convaid Community Blog: https://convaidblog.wordpress.com/

Convaid website:  http://www.convaid.com

About Rehavita:  http://www.rehavita.com

About Latin American Seating Symposium:  http://www.seating.com.ar/

Press Release: CONVAID TO PRESENT TREKKER AT ABILITIES EXPO CHICAGO

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Convaid business development team on Booth 404

Torrance, CA (June 8, 2015) — Convaid, Inc., a Torrance-based manufacturer of custom-made, compact lightweight adaptive-assisted wheelchairs today announced that its business development team will be in attendance at Abilities Expo Chicago, to be held from June 12-14, 2015 at the Renaissance Schaumberg Convention Center in Chicago at Booth 404.

For more than 30 years, Abilities Expo has been the go-to source for people with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals. In addition to Chicago, Abilities Expo is held in several cities throughout the United States, bringing new technologies, new possibilities, solutions and opportunities to members of the special needs community.

In preparation for Abilities Expo Chicago, Convaid has produced and deployed 35 micro videos depicting various aspects of its latest offering, the Trekker, crafted for big and small screens, availing prospective prescribers, consumers and others to detailed product information. To view, click here. https://www.youtube.com/user/ConvaidProductsInc

The Convaid Trekker is a lightweight, compact folding pediatric stroller that accommodates functional or rest positions and increased sitting tolerance for maximum comfort is typically prescribed for children with mild to moderate involvement of the following conditions:  Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Spinal Bifida, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Cystic Fibrosis, Mitochondrial Disease, Metabolic Diseases, and Sensory Processing Disorders, among others.

Trekker product highlights include:

  • Separate base and seating module
  • Reversible seating
  • Variable positioning (up to 170 degrees of adjustable recline and tilt ranging from -5 to 45 degrees)
  • Accepts aftermarket seating
  • Comes with a wide range of therapeutic and comfort options
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to fold for maximal portability
  • Can be used from early intervention
  • Can be used as an all-day chair
  • Meets WC19 transport safety standards

The following is a listing of Convaid Trekker product videos that can be accessed on Convaid’s YouTube Channel or from its Facebook page:

  • Convaid Trekker Tilt-in-space details
  • Convaid Trekker reversible seating options
  • Convaid Trekker overview
  • Convaid Trekker rain cover
  • Convaid Trekker mosquito net
  • Convaid Trekker 80 to 170 degree recline feature
  • Convaid Trekker extended canopy
  • Convaid Trekker foot-operated wheel locks
  • Convaid Trekker seat pan
  • Convaid Trekker elevating adjustable foot rests
  • Convaid Treker one-piece adjustable push handle
  • How to fold Convaid Trekker
  • Convaid Trekker back cane for after-market seating
  • Convaid Trekker back system
  • Convaid Trekker upper extremities support tray
  • Convaid Trekker extremities support tray padded cover
  • Convaid Trekker utility bag
  • Convaid Trekker medical necessities storage basket
  • Convaid Trekker IV pole
  • Convaid Trekker LTV ventilator holder
  • Convaid Trekker oxygen tank holder
  • Convaid Trekker hard tray for ventilator or suction machine
  • Convaid Trekker rear anti-trip tubes
  • Convaid Trekker back and planar seat cushions
  • Convaid Trekker contoured seat cushions
  • Convaid Trekker lateral armrest
  • Convaid Trekker 3-point positioning belt
  • Convaid Trekker calf panel
  • Convaid Trekker foot positioners
  • Convaid Trekker medial knee abductor
  • Convaid Trekker adjustable curved head support
  • Convaid Trekker adjustable wing head support
  • Convaid Trekker width adjustable thoracic lateral support
  • Convaid Trekker H-harness with padded covers
  • How to reverse and remove Convaid Trekker seating module from seating base

Following Abilities Expo Chicago, Convaid’s Trekker will make its way to Southern California at the first annual South Bay Kidsfest, an event co-promoted by Convaid, Pediatric Therapy Network and United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, to be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 11AM to 3PM at the PTN Campus, 1815 West 213th Street, Torrance, CA 90501.

Individuals wishing to schedule an appointment with Convaid during Abilities Expo Chicago are urged to contact Megan Delperdang at megan@conaid.com, or visit Booth 404 on the exhibit floor.

About Convaid

Convaid, the company that invented the adaptive assisted wheelchair, has helped special needs children and their families live fuller, more productive lives since 1976. Convaid produces high-performance, easy-to-use and attractive mobility products for all stages of a young person’s life, from infancy to young adulthood. Each product is custom-built to individual specifications to provide optimum comfort, safety and convenience.

 

Links:

Convaid Trekker Videos on Facebook:

Convaid YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNOuZ98-MIlXOdHW4_OnGwQ

Convaid Community Blog: https://convaidblog.wordpress.com/

Convaid website:  http://www.convaid.com

Abilities Expo Chicago:  http://www.abilities.com/chicago/

 

Convaid Showcases its Pediatric Mobility Solutions this Week at 2015 ILS in Moscow

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The fifth annual Integration Life Society, Exhibition of Rehabilitation Equipment Technologies (ILS) launched today in Moscow with Convaid participating through Gismerd, LLC, its distribution partner in Russia. ILS kicked-off this year’s activities on April 22 and will continue through Friday, April 24, 2015.  The event returns to Expocentre Krasnaja Presnja to an audience dedicated to serving the special needs community in Russian where the event brings the latest in innovative tools, concepts, therapies, recreational activities and, of course, products such as the Convaid line of pediatric mobility products.

Convaid joins a bevvy of returning international exhibitors will once again return to Integration.Life.Society 2014 to show their products as well as the latest developments in the areas of tools for everyday living, mobility at the workplace and at home. The focus of the exhibition is on innovative tools, concepts, therapies and recreational activities, nutrition and hygiene, as well as safety and surveillance systems, physiotherapy and orthopedic accessories, adapted to the needs of the Russian market.

Much work has been done in recent years on the integration of the more than 13 million handicapped people in the Russian Federation. There is a noticeably heightened sensitivity to the living situation of the handicapped, and an increased demand for solutions to the everyday problems they face. Government agencies have already implemented measures to enable this segment of the population to actively participate in education and the job market, to be integrated into social life, and to enjoy a higher level of self-sufficiency. Significant investments must still be made, however, in order to ensure a sufficient level of self-sufficiency for the handicapped population, and to reach Moscow’s goal of being “barrier-free” by the year 2020.

Next to numerous regional exhibitors, participants from the United States, Asia and European Union countries and companies from Scandinavian and Baltic countries will also exhibit their products and services at ILS, on over 12,000 square feet of exhibition space.

 

 

Rally Call: Help Carry National CRT Message to Congress

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Supporters of the Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Act met a significant milestone when bipartisan proponents delivered 100 signatures — 52 Democrats and 48 Republicans demonstrated support for passage of this critical legislation.  NCART Executive Director Donald E. Clayback said that despite this victory, there is still work ahead.  He urges that our community and supporters come to Washington for the National CRT Conference next week as we continue to focus on the need for CMS to follow the Congressional request in the House letter and in securing co-sponsors for the Act.

#Convaid shares an open letter from NCART Executive Director Donald E. Clayback:

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to reach out to their Representatives over the past several weeks asking them to sign on to the House of Representatives letter to CMS regarding the application of Competitive Bid Pricing to Complex Rehab wheelchair accessories. As a result of all your efforts the letter will be going to CMS with 100 signatures!

This is an extremely impressive number, both in terms of quantity AND in terms of quality. The letter shows very strong BIPARTISAN support on the need to fix this problem with a blend of 52 Democrat and 48 Republican signatures. Even more important, of those 100 Members 34 are on either the key Ways & Means or Energy & Commerce Committees. These are the Representatives that OVERSEE the Medicare program on the House side. More work lies ahead. The letter is a significant step toward a resolution, but we now must continue to work with our Congressional champions and CMS to get a formal rescission of the announced policy change and a commitment to maintain the current payment policy for Complex Rehab wheelchair accessories in 2016. Congress has asked CMS to respond to their request within 30 days.

Next week many of us will be in Washington for the National CRT Conference to carry the CRT message to Congress. Our conversations will focus on two areas: (a) the need for CMS to follow the Congressional request in the House letter and (b) securing co-sponsors for the “Ensuring Access To Quality Complex Rehabilitation Act”.

We’re looking forward to a very productive week!

Regards,

Don
Office 716-839-9728 | Cell 716-913-4754
dclayback@ncart.us | www.ncart.us

Case Study: Posture vs. Position

Child presents with spastic quadreplegia
Child presents with spastic quadriplegia

By Karen Missy Ball, MT, PT, ATP

Posture and position are two distinctly different terms, used interchangeably by seating and mobility specialist.  Position describes the location of an object in space.  It is nonresponsive-passive.  Posture is dynamic, multifaceted in regard to what can influence it.  When someone talks about positioning a client, immediately what comes to mind is statically addressing the client-evaluating range of motion limitations, skeletal deformities, pressure distribution and comfort needs.  Posture, on the other hand, is fluid, ever able to receive input and possibly change in some manner.  Postural stability is the ability to manage one’s center of mass over one’s base of support. Postural orientation is the ability to orient the body to perform a specific task.  Both of these are dynamic skill sets.  Throughout the day individuals manage changes in weight distribution to keep stabile as well as to perform everyday tasks-putting on shoes, lifting a fork of food to the mouth.

So what impacts posture?   There are many influences on posture including: skeletal alignment, muscle strength/endurance, neuromotor status (muscle tone, force generation & scaling of force, interplay between different muscle groups around a specific joint), 4 sensory systems, sensory-motor strategies learned through experience, and cognitive influences.  These can enhance or diminish one’s postural fluidity. For instance, unrelenting spasticity can overtime reduce joint range of motion, as well as impact on muscular balance at the specific joint.  Contractures can develop limiting potential.  Skeletal deformities which can develop for several reasons can also hamper postural control.   In clients diagnosed with the various types of cerebral palsy, multiple variables, including tonal abnormalities, muscle weakness or imbalance, sensory issues, can offset normal skeletal alignment during motor development.  For example, when propping on elbows, the general population biomechanically places elbows forward or directly under shoulder girdle, which provides a biomechanically advantage for the middle trapezius & rhomboids to activate and produce spinal extension.  In clients with quadriplegia cerebral palsy, the spastic muscle groups of pectorals, rectus abdominus and tight scapular-humeral muscles change the skeletal alignment.  The elbows are pulled back of the shoulder, so with effort these muscles produce flexion of the trunk  reducing spinal extension needed for further gross motor progress. Also, internal rotation occurs in the arms which over time produces heavy load to the prehensile side of the hand which interferes with fine motor activities. Hence, they learn to couple the wrong muscle groups (synergy) together for a specific task that limits their full postural potential.  A therapist working with children will attempt to intervene and facilitate more effective sensory-motor strategies before they are habituated to allow greater improvement in gross and fine motor functional skills and preservation of the musculoskeletal system.  Seating & mobility equipment as well as therapy can be useful here.

Case Studies

An intelligent 4 year old male diagnosed with spastic diplegia CP was being followed by an neurodevelopmental certified OT for several months when family requested PT.  The OT had been working on beading to improve active forearm supination. His mode of mobility in the home was commando crawling, which he performed rapidly throughout the home regularly. He had just received a scooter with central tiller.  Family’s goal was independent ambulation.   On observation, the boy used a rolling front walker with moderate assistance at least and much lower extremity scissoring with limited reciprocity.  When asked to draw his body image, he drew a single line for his torso and legs, 2 lines for his arms and a circle for his head.  He rarely felt dissociation of his legs, therefore drew only one line to represent both torso and legs.  Body image is learned and movement is a major way in which one learns it.

Hyper extension, poor head control, dysfunctional UE post, limited prehensile capacity

The muscle synergy he used to stabilize his pelvis was hip flexors, adductors, internal rotators and hamstrings.  This produced limited segregation of his legs during walking, much scissoring, and limited postural stability. When squeezing the tiller on the scooter, due to his weak grip strength he pulled in the muscular strategy of pectorals and central abdominals, producing a rounded spine and humeral internal rotation further impairing his fine motor capability and spinal extension. This is the strategy he used to commando crawl and had habituated.  He also crushed the pommel with his knees. So what could be done?

He is only 4 years old with many years ahead of him.  Do not feed into strategies that are limiting him functionally.  There was an attendant switch on the scooter, so the mother drove him one block to school and he used it intermittently on his own at school. The better choice for long distances would have been a power chair with joystick mounted off to side with intermittent anterior sloped seat or a front wheel drive manual wheelchair set up specifically for him.   A trial manual wheelchair was introduced with a seat that could be flat or anteriorly tipped periodically throughout the day, with the footplate moved back to disadvantage the hamstrings from use.  The sloped seat challenged his postural stability which elicited active buttock muscles, with lateral hip muscles. No abduction pommel was used or needed, whereas in the scooter he crushed the pommel with his knees. The drive wheel was positioned where he would engage the wheel about 10:30-11:00 position and push off near 12:30-1:00 position with shoulder flexion, external rotation and scapular depression facilitating thoracic extension.  When placed in this chair, he immediately sat erect with legs separated without support and stated, “this is it” and took off pushing the chair all over the house with effective spinal extension evident. The front rolling walker was changed to a Kaye walker to facilitate external rotation of the humerus when arms were loaded which in turn encouraged spinal extension.  His ambulation did improve as he used more effective muscle strategies.

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Another scenario involves a low tone, intellectually limited child who is able to prop sit with upper extremities, but does not have the strength or endurance to sit independently, has no form of mobility and is not capable of propelling a manual wheelchair.  The Convaid Trekker wheeled mobility base would benefit this client.  The Trekker has 5* of anterior tilt and 45* of posterior tilt.  The anterior tilt can be used brief periods throughout the day to facilitate spinal and hip extension essential for independent sitting without arms and improvement in overall postural control essential for advancement in gross and fine motor skills. This could happen during feeding or fine motor activities. The posterior tilt can be used intermittently for comfort, pressure relief, and assist with anti-gravity positioning for the skeletal system. This base also has adjustable recline up to 170* which would allow for diaper changes and age appropriate rest.

Choosing Accommodation Instead of Intervention

It does not always work like the above cases. In the above cases, time was needed to practice more effective sensory motor strategies which these children could accomplish.  What is practiced often is what will be used- habituated.   Skeletal limitations (contractures, skeletal deformity), muscle imbalance, muscle tone may progress and limit effective change.  From another perspective, after many years of moving a certain way, who are we to challenge how one moves.   Some of these movement strategies maybe more effective than one realizes.  Hence accommodating the individual would be the way to go, capitalizing on their movement to increase function wherever possible.  Pressure relief, increasing sitting tolerance, reducing skeletal deterioration and at least maintaining their functional status at present are the goals.   If the client is cognitively intact, the team should ask the client what their goals are, as well as ask about their living environment, assistance available to them, and mode of transportation.   Engaging the client and/or caregivers in the decision making process will increase their input and interest as well as motivation to use the prescribed equipment.

About the Author

A 34-year health care veteran, Missy is the former Acting Director of the Physical Therapy Department of Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, where she co-directed the hospital’s seating program for 10 years. She concurrently served as consultant to the United Cerebral Palsy Center’s Seating Clinic. She continues to tour and lecture globally on the topic of seating an mobility and runs a private practice specializing in pediatric neurology, specializing in treatment and equipment medical needs. She is an ATP, certified pediatric NDT with a solid focus on improving functions through treatment and equipment.  She attended Louisiana State University Medical Center for both Medical Technology (1977) and Physical Therapy (1984).  She will be conducting #Convaid’s webinar at 8AM PDT on April 17, 2015, entitled “The Uses of Equipment to Improve Future Outcomes for Clients,” will discuss how to manage and facilitate best outcomes of musculoskeletal system for end users in wheelchairs. Skeletal issues of the pelvis, spine and extremities will be presented with regard to etiology and specific seating solutions to address efficacy. Also, postural control and its’ impact on function will be explored as time permits. You can register by clicking here.

 

 

 

Convaid Kicks-off Annual Slate of CEU Webinars: 1st class this Friday, April 17 @ 8AM PDT

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Convaid recently aligned with seating and mobility expert, Missy Ball, MT, PT, ATP to spearhead expansion of Convaid’s Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit webinar program.

The first webinar, to be held at 8AM PDT on April 17, 2015, entitled “The Uses of Equipment to Improve Future Outcomes for Clients,” will discuss how to manage and facilitate best outcomes of musculoskeletal system for end users in wheelchairs. Skeletal issues of the pelvis, spine and extremities will be presented with regard to etiology and specific seating solutions to address efficacy. Also, postural control and its’ impact on function will be explored as time permits. In preparation for the webinar, participants and interested others are urged to read Missy’s clinical study, Position and Posture.

Upcoming for-CEU credit webinars are as follows:

May 29: Clinical and Technical Use of Tilt and Recline

August 7: The Place for Pediatric Push Wheelchairs in Early Intervention

October 30: Appropriate Seating and Mobility Needs for Specific Diagnoses and Clinical Presentation

All classes will be held at 8AM PDT.

Prospective participants may register by emailing webinars@convaid.com. Convaid webinars are typically approved by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). Although there is no charge to participate in Convaid’s webinars, there is a $20 processing fee for handling paperwork related to issuance of the 0.1 CEUs.

Convaid President Chris Braun said,”Convaid is dedicated to providing up-to-date best practices on pediatric mobility topics to the wider community of health service providers throughout our industry whether or not they are prescribers of Convaid’s products. We believe that by sharing information on an ongoing basis that Convaid contributes to the betterment of the pediatric mobility and seating industry as a whole and we are particularly proud to have Missy on board to expand our CEU program with her vast experience, education and targeted knowledge in our highly specialized medical equipment sector.”

A 34-year health care veteran, Missy is the former Acting Director of the Physical Therapy Department of Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, where she co-directed the hospital’s seating program for 10 years. She concurrently served as consultant to the United Cerebral Palsy Center’s Seating Clinic. She continues to tour and lecture globally on the topic of seating an mobility and runs a private practice specializing in pediatric neurology, specializing in treatment and equipment medical needs. She is an ATP, certified pediatric NDT with a solid focus on improving functions through treatment and equipment. She attended Louisiana State University Medical Center for both Medical Technology (1977) and Physical Therapy (1984).

Convaid, Inc., a Torrance-based manufacturer of custom-made, compact lightweight adaptive-assisted wheelchairs. To learn more about Convaid and its products, please visit http://www.convaid.com or call 1-888-CONVAID.

Fernando Lara Celebrates 20-years on the Job at Convaid

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Fernando Lara, Convaid’s lead inspector was honored for 20 years of service by company founder Merv Watkins, CEO Chris Braun and Quality Assurance Manager, Donald Griggs.

Fernando is one of three Convaid employees who celebrated big work anniversaries in April. Also honored in April 2015 were 10-year assembler  Amelia Naranjo and Fanny Jarquin, Convaid’s longest tenured employee, with 30-years on the job.

“Employees are front and center at Convaid. When it comes to choosing between profit and people, Convaid will always opt for people.  We are dedicated to proliferating a work environment that honors a healthy balance between work, family and community,” CEO Chris Braun said.