Involuntary/uncontrollable movements

 

Special folding chair

The client, a 7 year old child, has cerebral palsy and is unable to walk, talk and has poor vision. One of his carers wanted a special folding chair to fit into a small room, which would provide the correct body support. Modifying a standard baby bouncer type chair was tried without success. A special chair was designed and made from wood.

Giant Scrabble Board

A day centre wanted a Giant Scrabble board that could be used by members of all abilities.
The board was 1.5m square and was constructed with a metal sandwich so that magnetic tiles would stick to it, this was mounted on a wall.
Each tile was 85mm square, has raised, tactile, characters and with a handle that can be gripped using a grabber.
The tiles and positioning corners were 3D printed.

HandShake – using hand motion to control switchable software

Some people with e.g. cerebral palsy are unable to use physical controllers such as buttons and joysticks but are still able to make intentional hand movements. HandShake uses a pair of BBC Micro:bits to enable triggers to be sent to switchable communication software to enable speech to be composed. A trigger is sent to the communications device when the participant moves a hand above an adjustable threshold of acceleration.

Chair Headrest

The client uses a shower chair to move through his home and needed a head rest mounting on it.

Oven transfer shelf

This handy shelf allows Daniel to slide hot dishes in and out of the oven safely.

Speech communicator

Our client was having trouble communicating with those around her. Her low vision and other disabilities made talking and using equipment difficult. The solution, specially developed by Remap, was a dedicated speech communication device.

Wheelchair wrist retainers

David can have very strong involuntary arm movements. Previous efforts to hold his arms on the chair armrests have been unsatisfactory. Channels with hinged tops, made from plastic guttering, were securely strapped to the armrests. They were held closed, when around the client’s forearms, by Velcro straps. Various forms of padding were tried and the […]

Wheelchair tray for student

Alec’s problem was that his arm would involuntarily fly up forcibly and endanger anyone who was standing nearby. As he was a student, with others invariably around, this was quite a problem. A larger version of a standard chair tray was made that would allow his arm to be held down with Velcro straps that […]

Tray for wheelchair

This lady has cerebral palsy and needs a detachable tray mounted on her wheelchair. As this lady is prone to violent spasms in her limbs the tray needed to be strong and at the same time provide a soft protection to prevent bruising herself. A rectangular tray support frame was constructed to fit the wheelchair. […]

Special lectern

A middle-aged man with Parkinson’s disease needed a rest for books when reading sat in his armchair. Because of the shaking associated with this condition he cannot hold his books. The lectern designed has almost universal positioning to adjust for sitting comfort and light source. The plate swings into the vertical position to allow access […]

Shower chair footrest & armrests

This client is a wheelchair user and has poor trunk control. Their shower chair was uncomfortable as they lent heavily against it and the client’s feet slipped off the footrests due to involuntary spasms of their legs. Padded armrests, higher on the side to which the client habitually leans, were made of sheet foam covered […]

Protective car screen

The client, with autism and epilepsy, sometimes lashes out unpredictably when distressed. Some form of screen was required to protect the driver and front seat passenger. Because the car is a 2 -door model, separate detachable screens were made for fitting to the backs of the front seats. Polycarbonate screens were fitted to sprung mountings, […]

Protected cistern

Stuart is a man with severe muscle control difficulties (cerebral palsy and epilepsy) who regularly destroyed his slimline toilet cistern through inadvertent movement. The vulnerable cistern was replaced with a robust padded backrest and a new high-level cistern was fitted. Stuart is now more comfortable on the toilet and the cistern is out of harm’s way.

Plate holder/mover

The client only has use of his left hand and feeding himself was difficult. His right hand would spasm and knock any tray or plate away from him. He also wished to move the plate away from him when he had finished his meal. A wooden table was constructed with a sliding top released by […]

Modified steering wheel

This client was accidentally hitting his car horn constantly because of the position of a knob on his steering wheel. A means of preventing this was needed. A metal shield was made and fitted to the steering wheel to cover the horn adjacent to the knob. The driver no longer inadvertently sounds the horn.

Inserts for wheelchair tray

A wheelchair using client with multiple sclerosis has poor grip and shaking hands and was unable to feed self unless plates and bowls were positioned at functional height and stabilised to avoid spillage. MDF was used to make a tray to fit over the existing wheelchair tray with blocks and clips to secure. The tray […]