Kids and Teens at Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates
Care for Babies, Kids, and Teens
Whether you are in need of a child prosthetics or a cranial molding helmet, POA’s team of professionals will deliver the best possible care, regardless of the age and size of the patient. Our practice has long specialized in working with children of all ages from all over the world.
First and foremost, our practitioners spend much needed time with our young patients and their families to perform a thorough evaluation and establish a level of comfort and trust that’s necessary for a positive outcome. We want you to feel welcome and at home as soon as you walk in the door. It won’t be long before you will be greeted by our canine ambassadors– Sarabi and Kopa, Stan Patterson’s two border collies– who can be counted on to provide companionship and entertainment. They make the fitting process more fun– and even enjoyable!
Your Child’s Success is our Goal
We help our patients succeed in life. In addition to treating your child with superior prosthetic care, we will teach, coach, and cheer them on while providing them with the tools they need to achieve their goals. Several members of our staff have been amputees since childhood themselves. Their success and experience provide an example to others that amputation is not a disability, but merely an inconvenience. In our experience, this type of “full circle” care results in our patients having the tools they need to live happy, healthy lives with confidence and a positive self-image.
Many of our young patients and their families have formed close friendships and keep in touch with each other; some out of town families even plan their prosthetic visits at the same time so they can get together. If you are interested in meeting with other children and their families, let us know, and one of our wonderful local families will be more than happy to stop by.
The Child Prosthetics Fitting Process
We do business in a relaxed, family-friendly manner, so most children are comfortable and at ease with the fitting process. First, we will perform an assessment of your child’s needs and answer any questions you might have. We will then talk with you about the different components which can be used to achieve your child’s goals. The children are included in the process as much as possible; it helps us discover where they need assistance to further accomplishments.
Your child will be measured and fit with a silicone liner. In most cases, because of their small size, the liner will be custom-made in our on-site silicone liner lab. Then we will take a cast of their residual limb to use as a mold for the test socket. Once the test socket has been fabricated and fit, we will attach the specially selected components (knee, foot, etc.) to the test socket and align the prosthesis. Then they will begin to walk!
As your child learns to balance and walk on his/her prosthesis, we will engage them in a variety of age-appropriate therapeutic games and exercises which encourage good walking habits while having fun. When they are ready, we will help them learn how to run, ride a bike, golf, or anything else they are interested in learning to do. We do not put limits on your child and encourage you to do the same. Children are much more adaptable than adults, and if there is something they want to do, they will usually find a way to do it! Their way may be different from someone else’s, but for them it is normal.
What to Bring
Each time you come to the office, please bring the socks, liners, crutches, etc., that your child uses. It is also helpful to bring a pair of loose-fitting shorts. This allows us to easily take measurements or casts and make modifications as needed.
POA Custom Cranial Helmets
POA’s custom cranial helmet is used to remold a baby’s head into a symmetrical shape as the baby develops. The helmet rounds out flat areas as well as takes the bulge out of areas with too much roundness. The helmet does not put pressure on a baby’s head. It guides the growth to specific areas to even out the shape of the head.
An infant can start wearing a helmet as early as 3 months. The infant must be screened for other conditions before custom fitting can be done. View this video link to see process Cranial Helmet Molding Video
A wide variety of standard colors and designs are available, but if you’d prefer a more personalized design, the “Bling Your Band” website provides some options. Click on the following link for more information. Click here for Bling Your Band website
Our “Canine Counselors”
Simba and Sarabi are two of POA’s most beloved team members! Simba has an intuitive compassion for our patients and is attentive to their needs. Sarabi’s boundless energy and top-notch frisbee catching skills are a constant source of entertainment for all! The companionship, comfort, and encouragement of these two canine counselors bring joy to POA staff members and patients alike.