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Soft Protective Helmets for Adults and Children with Special Needs

Soft Protective Helmets for Adults and Children with Special Needs

As an occupational therapist and LSVT BIG Certified Clinician with experience working with adult patients who have neurological diagnoses or deficits, one of the repeating injuries I see involves injury and deficits as a result from head / brain trauma. Persons who have Parkinson’s Disease, Epilepsy, Traumatic Brain Injuries… or kiddos with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and more have an increased prevalence of injuries to the head. That is why when I began researching about Ribcap I found myself intrigued in learning more.

It is no secret that head injuries are a public challenge and occur daily! One of my passions as a therapist is to provide tools and resources to those I come in contact in ways they can integrate prevention into their daily life practice. Prevention integrates mindset, a healthy diet, sleep, exercise, joint protection, ergonomics, the works –into one’s daily life for the purpose of hopefully reducing the risk of injury and disease. For the sake of this blog post, I will be discussing subjective perspectives of the Ribcap product line.

Who are the Ribcap products for?

As noted above this is not an all-inclusive list, and although I am an occupational therapist, I am not your occupational therapist (nor am I a physician); it is important to ask and go by what your medical team suggests! Nevertheless, from my research about the company and my personal clinical thought process,

Ribcap headgear may be fashionable, sturdy substitutes for:

  • kiddos who have tendencies to do head-banging behaviors (perhaps kiddos with autism)
  • kiddos or adults with epilepsy or seizure disorders
  • individuals who have reduced muscle tone or presents with muscle wasting
  • individuals who have neurological disorders who may be more at risk for falls
  • elderly adults who are a high fall risk

My Summed Up Thoughts on Ribcap

Love the concept. Amazed by the designs. Colors are beautiful (although I chose to go with neutral colors to order for purpose of giving away to either a boy or a girl in the future). Awed by the quality of the materials; they have a wide selection of colors with fun, different names:) Some of the colors include Anthracite (Greyish Black), Bordeaux (Burgendy red), Grey, Khaki (Tannish Green), Marine (Deep Blue), and Rose (Blush Pink) !

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Written by Shannen Marie OT

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