Category: Seizures

Bed Modification For Child With Angelman Syndrome

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide a customized bed for a child with Angelman Syndrome. An evaluation of a standard IKEA bed already being used by the child resulted in the idea to turn the footboard into a gate. The customization had two parts: 1) the removal of the footboard and 2) the construction of an end gate. After removing the footboard, the end of the bed frame was strengthened with 19- millimeter plywood. The disassembled footboard was rebuilt to make a rigid end gate. The fittings were removed and glued to a long piece on each side. For a neat finish, a continuous length of piano hinge was used to attach the gate to the frame. An attractive brass door handle was fitted to the outside of the gate. The handle was designed for a 1 3/8-inch-thick door, whereas the gate is only 0.75-inch thick. The gate door was padded to the appropriate thickness using a piece of plywood on the inside. The child’s mother can open the gate from the outside but the child cannot open the gate from the inside. The bed was further adapted when 9-millimeter plywood was used to create a 12-centimeter-high hollow wooden box with a cutout handle. The box is used to help the child climb onto the low mattress inside the bed. The new design helps the mother avoid further back strain from lifting and prevents the child from wandering outside of her bed when awake. TITLE: Putting Margauz to Bed. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 28, Number 3, October 2008: p. 12-13. PAGES: 3. (including cover).


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TAD is a charity organisation that has the authority to fundraise. TAD uses volunteers dedicated to the design, construction and provision of aids for people with disabilities. Members of TAD provide a resource pool comprising a range of design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy and other professional and technical skills. Aids custom-designed by TAD volunteers are described in the TAD Journal.

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