Children who cannot support their own neck at 3 months or not roll over to crawl at 9 months often lack strength in the limbs. This is a condition of developmental delay. A standing frame, which supports standing position, provides improvement to circulation, equilibrium of the upper boy, and indirect psycho-social benefit to these children. However, the frame is usually imported hence cost-prohibitive. As a result, the families cannot always afford to have it at home and end up having to travel to the hospital for therapy sessions under supervision.
To develop an affordable, movable standing frame for Thai children with developmental delay that can be used at home.
The movable standing frame has been tested at PSU rehabilitation center and with children with developmental delay by allowing parents to use the frame at home instead of making visits to the hospital or rehab clinic. Furthermore, the research team has organized Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by donating the frames to families of children with disability.
Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University