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Uses of Pediatric Specialty Beds

Lindsey Veety, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS

November 1, 2023

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What are the reasons why a pediatric specialty bed is needed?  

Answer

Specialty beds find application across a spectrum of medical conditions, serving as a vital solution for various scenarios. The conventional association with safety beds tends to revolve around conditions like cerebral palsy, seizures, Down Syndrome, and other medically driven factors, aligning with the notion of hospital beds. However, a noteworthy trend is emerging where referrals are made for children with more active dispositions or those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. 

Increasingly, we are encountering instances wherein the primary concern is not just medical in nature, but more centered around the child's activity levels. These children may exhibit difficulties remaining in their beds during the night, facing challenges in staying within their designated sleep spaces. These difficulties can arise due to behavioral reasons. For instance, a child might engage in disruptive behaviors during nighttime, including self-injurious actions or repetitive movements that pose a risk to their well-being.

Consequently, the child's bedroom and bed transform into potentially hazardous environments. In response to these circumstances, families may reach out to us for assistance in creating a secure haven for their children. The overarching objective is to provide an environment that ensures the child's safety while also facilitating uninterrupted sleep for the child and much-needed respite for the family.

These situations highlight the multifaceted role of specialty beds. While traditionally associated with medical needs, their utility now encompasses behavioral and safety considerations. As therapists, our purview encompasses not only the physical aspects of a child's well-being but also their emotional and psychological needs, as well as the overall harmony of the household. By addressing these evolving demands through the application of specialty beds, we contribute to enhancing the quality of life for both the child and their family.

Within the realm of specialty beds, there exists a diverse array of models designed to cater to various needs and circumstances. On one end of the spectrum, we find models that are intended for permanent installation and can be seamlessly integrated with the existing bed frame. These models provide a sense of stability and permanence, often resembling the complete structure of a standard bed.

Conversely, there are also travel-friendly models available, specifically crafted to offer flexibility and convenience. These models are designed to fold and compactly fit into a suitcase or bag, making them exceptionally suitable for families that frequently transition between multiple locations. Whether it's a shift between a winter and summer residence or the need for a portable solution, travel models address the practicalities of modern living.

The value of travel models extends beyond mere convenience. For families requiring a safe and consistent sleep environment for their child while on the move, these models present an invaluable solution. Maintaining a structured sleep routine, regardless of the location, can significantly impact the child's well-being and the family's overall quality of life.

 

This Ask the Expert is an edited excerpt from the course Pediatric Specialty Beds by Lindsey Veety, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS


lindsey veety

Lindsey Veety, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS

Lindsey is a Physical Therapist with 20 years of experience, who specializes in working with individuals with complex conditions and assistive technology. She is a RESNA-certified ATP/SMS and has completed her (Neuro-Developmental Treatment )NDT training. Lindsey specializes in the areas of seating and positioning, custom-molded seating, and adaptations/access to the environment. She enjoys presenting at conferences, doing webinars, and publishing in these areas as well.


Related Courses

Pediatric Specialty Beds
Presented by Lindsey Veety, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Lindsey Veety, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS
Course: #4734Level: Introductory1 Hour
  'Never thought of this for my parents who deal with hard to sleep children'   Read Reviews
Sleep is vital for the proper health of the individual and their caregiver. A specialty bed may be the solution when a typical bed does not meet an individual's needs due to positioning or safety reasons. This presentation introduces what specialty beds are, what different patient populations they would be best used for, compares and contrasts what beds are available, their features and functions, and tips for assisting with funding.

Pediatric Special Needs Car Seats and Adapted Strollers
Presented by Lindsey Veety, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Lindsey Veety, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS
Course: #4735Level: Introductory1 Hour
  'Nice overview of what is currently available'   Read Reviews
Transportation options for individuals with disabilities have expanded tremendously, giving families many more options to safely, easily and quickly move between locations. This presentation will give an introduction to what adapted car seats and strollers are, how to evaluate, tips for selecting the optimal product for your client and funding options.

Standers and Gait Trainers 101
Presented by Lindsey Veety, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Lindsey Veety, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS
Course: #4519Level: Introductory2 Hours
  'I could tell that the presenter was a practitioner with real-life experience using each device with individual patients, rather than just teaching about it'   Read Reviews
When an individual needs assistance with standing or ambulating, knowing which system or supports to choose can be difficult, as there are currently many different options on the market. This presentation introduces the clinician to adapted standing and gait training systems, including who they would be best used for, compare and contrast the leading systems on the market, and funding options.

Writing Letters of Medical Necessity for Seating and Wheelchairs
Presented by Lindsey Veety, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Lindsey Veety, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS
Course: #4424Level: Intermediate2 Hours
  'Instructor’s teaching style and content knowledge'   Read Reviews
This course covers the details of what to include in a letter of medical necessity. Examples are given along the way to support different types of chairs and seating and different scenarios for when insurance companies ask for information.

Custom Molded Seating 101
Presented by Lindsey Veety, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS
Recorded Webinar

Presenter

Lindsey Veety, PT, DPT, ATP/SMS
Course: #4315Level: Introductory2 Hours
  'great to see different options for my patients'   Read Reviews
When seeing a client in a wheelchair, knowing what type of seating to choose can be a challenge, especially if the client presents with complex conditions or body shapes that don't fit into linear seating. This presentation will give an introduction to what custom molded seating is, who it would be used for, compare and contrasting the main custom molded seating systems on the market, and go through a simulated molding, fitting, and delivery. This course is directly related to the practice of physical therapy and is therefore appropriate for the PT/PTA.

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