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KHS Recognizes National Autism Awareness Month

Posted on: April 5th, 2012 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

 

The Autism Society Puzzle Ribbon

KHS recognizes April as National Autism Awareness Month and supports the Autism Society’s efforts to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. A March 2012 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that now one in every 88 children in the United States has autism.

According to the society’s website, “Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a ‘spectrum disorder’ that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.”

Autism is treatable; early diagnosis and intervention of autism can lead to significantly improved outcomes. To that end, KHS offers several pieces of equipment to make the challenges of serving an autistic individual easier. Among them are the EZ Rider Stroller, the Traveller Plus Car Seat, and the Activity Chair. A variety of helmets is also available.

 

The EZ Rider Stroller

The EZ Rider Stroller is a lightweight and fully-functional positioning chair that folds with the convenience of a simple umbrella stroller. Simple adjustments to the EZ Rider allow you to extend the life of the chair; there is no need for expensive growth kits. 

 

The Traveller Plus Car Seat

The Traveller Plus Car Seat, accommodating children weighing up to 105 lbs., has a padded headrest, 5-point harness, single pull strap adjustment, recline bar, and optional seat extension.

 

The Activity Chair

The Activity Chair, designed by therapists, is the ultimate in active seating for pediatric to adult clients. It is versatile, durable and has a wide range of optional accessories available. Tool-free adjustments, while the client is in the Activity Chair, allow the caregiver, therapist or teacher to create customized active seating appropriate to the setting, all the wile recognizing the unique needs and challenges for each individual.

 

The Activity Chair with Springs

Some children with autism or with attention or sensory-related disorders have found that the stimulation provided through movement helps them to remain in place, focused and attentive during activities. The Activity Chair has a unique feature with optional springs that allow the backrest to “give” with extension pressure and/or the seat to “rock” depending on the settings. The design can withstand repeated stress on the frame, and the result is a sturdy, heavier chair that will not move along the floor with the child’s movement.

 KHS encourages all to join the Autism Society in getting involved with your local Autism Society chapter and contacting state and federal representatives to take action and “Vote 4 Autism.” Together we can improve the lives of all affected by autism.

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