Two of Ryan's physical therapists have recommend a new piece of equipment for Ryan called a Creepster Crawler. The Creepster Crawler is a training device to help children learn to crawl while supporting their trunk. This would be especially useful for Ryan for several reasons. First, it would give him another weight bearing opportunity which will then strengthen the bones in his legs AND arms. Second, it could give him a way to move independently. Third, in technical terms, it will give him proprioceptive feedback meaning it'll give feedback to help him know where his body is in space. Finally, and maybe the most important to Ryan, is that he LOVES moving through space and so he's very motivated, and so we've been really successful with crawling.
One of the great things about the Creepster Crawler is that it supports Ryan's weight so that I can then help him with his arm and leg movements instead of trying to do everything with just my two little hands. BUT... the physical therapists and our durable medical equipment (DME) provider said insurance doesn't approve them, and they cost about $550. However, our TEAMability physical therapist wrote a letter of medical necessity requesting one for Ryan.
I know there's a lot of people who have negative experiences with insurance companies, especially lately. But, today our health insurance provider MADE. MY. DAY!! They approved the Creepster Crawler as a medically necessary device for Ryan! I'm so thrilled!!! And, thankful!
I can't wait to see what Ryan will do.