The sound of his laughter echoes across the empty playground on a cold afternoon in late February.
KJae, soon to be 5 years old, is on a swing, being pushed by Donna, his friend from his visits to the Superior office. He has a huge smile on his face as he asks to be pushed harder. He wants to go higher and faster.
His parents, Ashley and Kyle, watch nearby. Despite the chilly temperature, KJae is wearing shorts, showing off his Batman prosthetic leg. For KJae, there isn't a care in the world.
He's going through his superhero phase, Ashley explains.
"He first had Spiderman, then he had Iron Man, then he had Hulk," she says of her son's prosthetic leg. "And he just got Batman probably six months ago."
KJae lost his right foot in a lawnmower accident at his home two years earlier, when he was just one month shy of 3 years old. Shortly after the frightening ordeal, the decision was made to give KJae a prosthetic leg.
As Ashley retells the story, she watches her son race down the sidewalk and her eyes well up with tears. The day that KJae got his first prosthetic leg at Superior, he took off running, she says. He hasn't stopped since.
He runs and plays like the rest of the kids at his preschool. He's looking forward to starting kindergarten and playing t-ball this summer with his friends. There isn't anything he can't do, his mom proudly boasts.
"He's our hero, for sure," Ashley says.
Prosthetics for Children
Children in need of prosthetic devices require special care and attention. Our goal at Superior is to provide each child with the most comfortable and functional prosthesis possible so they can restore their possibilities as they grow.
We design and fit prosthetics for children at the earliest age possible, whether their need is caused by a birth defect or an accident.
Because children are so much more adaptable than adults, an infant or child in need of a prosthetic should be evaluated by a prosthetist as soon as possible. In many cases, it's appropriate for infants and very young children to be fit with a passive prosthesis right away so that the prosthetic limb is incorporated into their developing body image and daily life. This also helps children socially as they begin interacting with their peers and help their friends understand the prosthetic.
We service all levels of amputation, including upper and lower extremities as well as children with congenital anomalies, including tibial and fibular hemimelia and proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD).
Just because a child is fitted with a prosthetic device doesn't mean he or she can't participate in activities. We can help fit your child with an activity-specific device for musical instruments, swimming, basketball, baseball, and fishing, among other activities.
Children's Prosthetic Care
Infants and children require frequent office visits and more careful observation of their progress from month-to-month. Prosthetic patients from birth until around 18 years will likely require a new socket and other prosthetic modifications at least once per year and should be evaluated by their practitioner every 3 to 6 months, with careful monitoring by a parent or caregiver between visits.
Orthotics for Children
Just as with prosthetics, designing orthotic devices for children requires special attention from your orthotist. The orthotists at Superior are trained and experienced in designing devices for children.
We offer products and care for children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, scoliosis, and multiple sclerosis, among many other diagnoses.
Spine and Cervical
- Back Brace, Scoliosis Orthosis, Boston Back Brace
- Back Brace, TLSO, Thoraco Lumbo Sacral Orthosis, Soft, Custom
- Benik Trunk Supports
- Cervical Collar, Aspen
- Cervical Orthosis, Minerva, Custom
- Cervical Orthosis, Minerva, Pre-Fabricated
- Charleston Bending Brace, Scoliosis Brace
- Cranial Remolding Helmet, Starband, Orthoamerica
- Protective Helmet, Soft
- Providence Night Brace, Scoliosis
- T-Joe Brace, Pectus deformities brace
Foot and Ankle
- AFO, Ankle and Foot Orthosis, Kiddiegait Toe Off
- AFO, Pediatric SMAFO
- AFO, Pediatric SMO, Supramalleolar Orthosis [DAFO style]
- AFO, Pediatric Wrap Around [DAFO style]
- AFO, Wheaton
- Ankle Brace, DRAFO sport
- Ankle/foot support, Wee Walker
- Derotation straps for intoeing
- Dobbs Bar for Clubfoot
- Foot Orthotic, Pediatric UCBL
- Foot Orthotic, Soft Accommodative
- Mitchell Brace for Clubfoot
- Shoes, Dennis Brown Bar
- Shoes, Reverse-Last
- Shoes, Straight or Reverse-Last (Open Toe)
- Shoes, Straight-Last
- Smart Walker Orthosis
- Sure Steps Foot
- Benik Wrist Splints
- Elbow orthosis, pediatric rom
- Pedi Wraps
- D-Ring Knee Immobilizer- RJ Industry
- Hip Orthosis, Hip Flexion Abduction (Rhino-type Splint)
- Hip Orthosis, Pavilik Harness
- Hip Orthosis, SWASH, Standing Walking and Sitting
- Knee Brace, Bledsoe Revolution 3
- Knee Brace, Breg PTO
- Knee Brace, Med Spec Dynatrack Hinged
- Knee Orthosis, HyperExtention, H.E.K.O. Surestep