I am not a medical practitioner or therapist. I do not own shares in the companies that manufacture or distribute the product mentioned in this post. I have not used the product. I have not, and will not, receive any financial compensation for mentioning the product. I first heard of the product when Wendy shared a Huffington Post article with me. Text under the section titled “Article” was written by Ron Dicker for Huffington Post.
In my mind, the two most important skills in every stage of life are mobility and communication. No matter how young or old you are, you either want to or need to, get from Point A to Point B. Also, whether your message is simple or complex, you want to or need to communicate something. Obviously, breathing, drinking, eating, and digesting are extremely important, but they are automatic responses rather than skills that need to be learned.
For some people walking is a skill that is extremely difficult to learn. The invention, production, and distribution of Upsee is one of the best tools I have heard about that could alter the learning process for children who need a little extra help learning to walk.
A mother who invented a device to help her child walk is sharing her innovation on a grand scale — by putting her creation on the market. Debby Elnatan said the strain of walking her son, Rotem, who has cerebral palsy, inspired her to design a harness that could enhance his mobility. “Out of my pain and desperation came the idea for the Upsee, and I’m delighted to see it come to fruition,” the mother said in a press release.
The nearly $500 device works somewhat on the principle of how parents often teach children to dance. But instead of young ones placing their feet on top of someone’s shoes, the Upsee places kids’ feet beside the grown-ups’ feet with specially designed sandals. The children stand facing forward and move as the grown-ups move.
“It allows us to do so many things and go so many places that we couldn’t before,” said Stacy Warden of Colorado, whose 5-year-old son, Noah, also has cerebral palsy. Warden told ABC News that the Upsee has paid emotional dividends as well. “He laughs and giggles, something he doesn’t do with other walking devices, which he sees as work,” Warden told the network.
Maura McCrystal, from Draperstown, Northern Ireland, explained that the Upsee enabled her son Jack to play soccer for the first time with his father and brothers. “To see Jack playing like any other 5 year old boy made me very emotional,” she said in the release.
The following video is about Tennyson, one of the many people using an Upsee.
The following one-minute video is about how Upsee has changed Bethany’s life.
Thanks to Wendy for sharing the article with me; Ron Dicker for writing the article upon which this post is based; Huffington Post for committing its resources to publishing the article; Google for helping me find additional information about the product mentioned in this post; YouTube for helping me find the videos I used in this post; Debby Elnatan for inventing the product described in this post; the manufacturers, marketers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers who make Upsee available; and all other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture, video, and text I used in this post.