I get ideas all the time, many of which I don’t have the time to follow through with. But I don’t want to forget them either. So, here’s my list of ideas.
Balancing Scooter — August 2013
What if I could merge my putt-putt stander-scooter with this?:
John leans forward in the stander and it goes forward. Leans to the side and it steers to the side. It’s so compact. John would only take up about as much room as a person does. A definite space saver when in a house. Wonder how it would do over thresholds or carpet. Wonder if anyone could make it for me!
Wheelchair Fleet – November 2012
I was surfing through craigslist and saw a lot of power wheelchairs for sale. Wouldn’t it be neat to collect a fleet of wheelchairs and equip them with soccer guards. (http://www.powersoccershop.com/soccerguards.aspx). Of course, I might try to make my own guards… but anyway… John could invite friends and/or family to play games with him and everyone would be on the same playing level. Plus it would be fun. I mean, what kid — able-bodied or not — wouldn’t love to race around playing games in a power chair ?? Of course, where would you keep all these wheelchairs? And how would you transport them? Details… details…
Changing table – November 2012
Here is my list of what I want in a changing table…
1. Adjustable height – (a lot of them do this)
2. Fold up against wall to save space – ( a lot of them do this)
3. Fold out foot rest – (have not seen this, maybe I have to google more). I want John to be sitting at my shoulder height. I put on his underwear/pants. Then, I pull out a foot rest for him to stand on. (Probably should be something for him to hold onto). Then, I can easily pull on pants.
UPDATE: See Solutions section. I added a footrest to John’s dresser
Baseball bat – September 2012
Charles wants to devise a way for John to swing a baseball bat from his wheelchair. I’m thinking a bolt through a wiffle bat to use as a pivot point would work. Charles posted the question on Instructables.com and got the above answer, plus others.
http://www.instructables.com/answers/How-do-you-build-a-spring-loaded-baseball-bat-foUPDATE: This seemed like a very doable idea, so I worked on it. See the Solutions section for the results.
Free Wheelchair Mission – August 2012
I like what this site is doing. I wonder if they could use the walker, too. http://http://www.freewheelchairmission.org/site/c.fgLFIXOJKtF/b.4916275/k.BE91/Home.htm
Game PT – August 2012
Combine the Mousekersize idea with the XBox Kinect idea, and build some games that may be both fun and help in stretches and exercises. For example, a game that you have to reach up to pop bubbles. The games can be custom built for the child’s special needs. — update– It would be nice if the game was also a tool for the PT. It could give out stats, for instance, like how far the child was able to reach, and if there has been improvement. And, perhaps, the PT could change settings in order to make the game easier/harder. For example, set how high the bubbles should range in height above the childs head.
Hammer Accelerometer – July 2012
A guy at work who specializes in materials has an idea to put an accelerometer into a medical hammer to see if it can measure the difference between a tight muscle and a non-tight muscle.
Game – July 2012
I think the name should be ‘Now I get it’. Idea is that it is played kind of like CandyLand – you pick up cards and follow a path until you hit the end of the journey. Players pick a profile… you can be a ‘regular’ person, or a person with some kind of handicap (autism, muscular dystrophy, etc…) You pick up a card from the stack that has your profile. A regular person may get ‘Go to school and learn new vocabulary – move ahead 4’. A handicap person may get ‘Go to the bathroom, but you can’t reach the soap – move ahead 1’. But the handicap person may also get a ‘Receive a Make a Wish – move ahead 8’. Or the regular person may get a ‘Get bumped in the leg by a wheel chair – go back 2’ When players pick their profile – the idea is for a regular person to pick a handicapped profile and a handicap person to pick a regular profile. I’d have to play with the values, but in general, I’m thinking the regular person would move rather steadily, but the handicap person would have bigger highs and lows.
Measure Gait – June 2012
This isn’t my idea, but I’ve been searching for solutions for a while for making more accurate measurements of muscle weakness. I think this is really neat.
Stair Cane – May 2012
This idea is for lofstrand crutch (or cane) that stays at the same height relative to a person when they’re going up or down stairs. I’ve noticed that it can be hard, for example, when going down you put your cane on the bottom step and now it’s too low and you have to bend over. It would be nice if the support stayed at the same height relative to the body.
Muscle weakness measurement – May 2012
Put a coil around a leg/arm/etc… Iron in blood flows through to get a current. (magnet?) Measure this — give an indication on amount of blood flow. Maybe when muscles are tight less flow ??
Mousekersize PT – April 2012
Mickey Mouse has a show where one of the characters has a problem. They come up with an exercise to help them solve the problem. The idea is to get kids to exercise. Both boys really like this show and (try) to mimic the exercises that they do. It would be fantastic to have the same show, but they do stretches, or therapy – John could watch it while we do stretches together to make it more fun.