Working with the DME (durable medical equipment) company in our area, while they try to be helpful, can frustrate even the most saintly of souls. We have had two PT's, the mom, and the preschool teacher trying to figure out what was available, what we could trial, and eventually use permanently to help Liam with head control and we got no where over the last 3 years. Yes, heads are a tricky thing when it comes to equipment (not all head control issues are alike), but having spent the last three years only trialing out one thing is a sad testament to the state our children are in: needing adaptive equipment and not getting what they need. We are getting nowhere. Liam's not an isolated case here. And it's frustrating for everyone involved. I'm not exactly sure where the breakdown occurs, but when you know there is equipment out there that could help your child and not only can you not try it out, no one seems to be able to know how you could go about doing so, you tend to get fed up after a while.
With that in mind I decided to just go ahead and get Liam's Head Pod myself and not wait for medicaid/DME/school, etc to figure this all out.
There is only one licensed distributor in America for the pod and it ended up being cheaper than I thought. Still pricey at $330.00 but when compared with Liam's neoprene chest strap on his wheelchair (you can see it in the picture below) costing $375 to replace, you can see how the Head Pod is a steal!
It took us about an hour to get it put together and situated just right for Liam. It's not difficult, it's just having to piece together everything and figure out what sizes he needs and where it all goes.
The video testimonies on their website are compelling. Liam is different, as always, in that with his CP he moves a lot. He does calm and relax after a while and after having his PT and preschool teacher work with him in it yesterday, the results are pretty promising.