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Toy-FULL Tuesday

Posted Dec 04 2012 9:01pm
Tuesdays we try and feature a great product that our little ones with extra special necessities can benefit from... while not ordinary toys, in a traditional sense when talking about "typical" kids, children with special needs require play in a different manner. Therapies to build muscles and reduce spasticity, as well as offer the extra support to keep the child safe are essential. 

A great item I've discovered is the Merry Muscles Exerciser . Think a Johnny/Jenny Jump-Up for bigger kids who need extra support for low tone and weaker muscles. Check it out on their web site and let us know if you have one or have ever tried one for your own special little one:


From the website:
Product Description
Special needs Merry Muscles, sized larger to accomodate an older/bigger child. The design is the same as the infant model, simply in a larger scale. For children with special needs who can benefit from being in the Merry Muscles but are too big to fit in the infant model or have outgrown the infant model.

*Child's weight is supported by buttocks and upper thighs, without pressure on any vital organs.
*Merry Muscles cradles the hips, preventing the child from bouncing with stiff legs and eliminating the possibility of bone or joint injuries caused by impact.
*Back section offers full spine and head support, front bib prevents child from falling forward, or getting tangled in lines.
*Soft fabric seat won't cut into legs.
*Child can exercise or just sit back and relax in comfort.

Merry Muscles is set at the correct angle to allow child to bounce using the soles of his feet (not tip-toes). Designed by an occupational therapist.

Which size to get? To fit this medium size Merry Muscles, the child should measure 27 inches or less from the top of the head to the seat when seated on a chair. (If the child measures 21" or less from head to seat, he/she will fit the infant size Merry Muscles. If the child measures more than 27" from head to seat, he/she will need a Large size--contact us for details.)

Comes with screw-in hook to hang from doorframe or ceiling. Can be suspended from ceiling or door frame. Comes with enough chain to fit up to a 9 ft ceiling. If your ceiling is more than 9 feet tall, extra-long chain can be supplied upon request.
NOTE: The special needs Merry Muscles are made on a by-order basis. Please allow 2-4 weeks for shipping.

MADE IN CANADA.
Please consult your child's physical therapist before using the special needs Merry Muscles.
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