Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Toileting aid for children with cerebral palsy

Date:
May 26, 2011
Source:
Northumbria University
Summary:
A student has designed a toileting aid for children with cerebral palsy.

The brightly coloured red and yellow aid fits onto a standard toilet and is the idea of final year Product Design Technology student Joe Bennett.

It features a backrest and straps that can be secured around the trunk to offer additional support. It is lightweight, easily assembled and can be carried around in a washable bag.

"Children with cerebral palsy face difficulties in relation to toileting outside the home or school as they require high levels of support and stability when using a toilet,'' said Joe.

Joe, 23, of Surrey who currently lives in Heaton, Newcastle, added: "Without such support many parents understandably opt for the solution of permanently putting their child into nappies or simply do not take them out at all, resulting in these children missing out on many life experiences.''

He added: "My focus was to design a portable toileting aid that would allow these children to take part in more everyday activities that required them to be away from home or school for long periods so that they would no longer have to miss out or have their dignity compromised.''

As part of his research into the disability, he worked with occupational therapist Michele McCafferty from the Percy Hedley Foundation School in Forest Hall which offers a unique approach to teaching children with disabilities.

Michele was delighted to work with him on his idea as parents have often complained to her about the difficulties of toileting their children when away from home.

She said: "There are various types and degrees of cerebral palsy, some of which can cause involuntary movements so it's important that they feel safe and secure. Joe's design seems to offer all the necessary features but has the added bonus of being lightweight and portable, allowing parents to take it with them when out shopping or on holiday.''


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Northumbria University. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Northumbria University. "Toileting aid for children with cerebral palsy." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 26 May 2011. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110526091257.htm>.
Northumbria University. (2011, May 26). Toileting aid for children with cerebral palsy. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 22, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110526091257.htm
Northumbria University. "Toileting aid for children with cerebral palsy." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110526091257.htm (accessed September 22, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Monday, September 22, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Sierra Leone in Lockdown to Control Ebola

Sierra Leone in Lockdown to Control Ebola

AP (Sep. 21, 2014) Sierra Leone residents remained in lockdown on Saturday as part of a massive effort to confine millions of people to their homes in a bid to stem the biggest Ebola outbreak in history. (Sept. 20) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Sierra Leone's Nationwide Ebola Curfew Underway

Sierra Leone's Nationwide Ebola Curfew Underway

Newsy (Sep. 20, 2014) Sierra Leone is locked down as aid workers and volunteers look for new cases of Ebola. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Changes Found In Brain After One Dose Of Antidepressants

Changes Found In Brain After One Dose Of Antidepressants

Newsy (Sep. 19, 2014) A study suggest antidepressants can kick in much sooner than previously thought. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Could Grief Affect The Immune Systems Of Senior Citizens?

Could Grief Affect The Immune Systems Of Senior Citizens?

Newsy (Sep. 19, 2014) The study found elderly people are much more likely to become susceptible to infection than younger adults going though a similar situation. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins