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The Bamboo Brace

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 The Leading Paediatric Elbow Splint

The Bamboo Brace is a dynamic elbow splint for children with special needs that encourages extension of the elbow at more favourable angles in order to learn gross and fine motor skills as well as prevent undesired oral/facial interaction.

The Bamboo Brace is sold with 5 flexible and interchangeable support stays of varying resistance. There are 4 different size options which fit children from as young as 2-3 months up to about 18 years of age.

As a rehabilitation tool, The Bamboo Brace is excellent for both cases of spasticity (i.e. cerebral palsy) and weakness (i.e. low muscle tone, Down syndrome).  In both situations, the dynamic re-alignment of the elbow assists children in gaining strength and control of key joints and musculature that are critical to the development of gross and fine motor skills.

As a flexible yet effective deterrent, The Bamboo Brace also prevents unwanted interaction of the child’s hands with the head, neck, and face for a variety of situations including mouthing, hand wringing, post cleft lip and palate surgery, autism and Rett syndrome.

 

Here is what makes The Bamboo Brace design unique: 

• Depending on the size ordered, each Bamboo Brace contains either 4-5 interchangeable stays that offer different amounts of resistance – the therapist or caregiver can choose which stay to use depending on the child’s needs.

• It is a snug fit that can easily be worn under clothes.

It has a non-slip surface to minimize misalignment.

• Each size of the brace accommodates for growth

• It is affordable

If you look around you will find other braces that are too rigid offering only one choice of resistance, too bulky or heavy and unable to fit under clothes, constantly sliding or spinning out of position, or those that are very expensive that require custom fitting and frequent modification.  The Bamboo Brace is a favourite amongst therapists and caregivers since it addresses these issues and provides optimal performance.

 

Infant/Toddler (XS)  2-3 months - about 20 months

Specs: 4.0" long x 8.0" in girth (wrap-around) x 1.5mm thick

Recommendations: The child should have 2" of space above the elbow before the underarm and below the elbow before the wrist. To ensure a secure fit and performance, we recommend 3/4" as the minimum amount of overlap on the wrap-around portion.

Notes: In infants to young toddlers with lower muscle tone/weakness (i.e. Down syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome) the Infant/Toddler (XS) brace can be worn in children as old as 2 years. However, if your child has significant spasticity (i.e. cerebral palsy) and is on the older end of the suggested age range, consider purchasing a Preschool (S) brace.

Preschool (S) 20-22 months - about 3.5 years

Specs: 5.5" long x 8.0" in girth (wrap-around) x 1.5mm thick

Recommendations: The child should have 3" of space above the elbow before the underarm and below the elbow before the wrist. To ensure a secure fit and performance, we recommend 3/4" as the minimum amount of overlap on the wrap-around portion.

Notes: The Preschool (S) size is very effective on a wide-range of children. It is a sound selection if your child is growing out of toddlerhood and is of average size for their age. As noted previously, we highly recommend you avoid bracing the entire length of the arm if possible (underarm to wrist). Consider purchasing the Early Gradeschool (M) size for children approaching 4 years in cases of spasticity (i.e. cerebral palsy) or in children who have a very strong, determined urge to interact with the head, neck and face in unwanted fashion.

Early Gradeschool (M) About 4 years – 8-9 Years

Specs: 7.25" long x 10.25" in girth (wrap-around) x 3.0mm thick

Recommendations: The child should have 4" of space above the elbow before the underarm and below the elbow before the wrist. To ensure a secure fit and performance, we recommend 3/4" as the minimum amount of overlap on the wrap-around portion.

Notes: The Early Gradeschool (M) brace is a good option for most 4 year-olds through 9 year olds. There are some larger 3 year-olds especially those with a significant amount of spasticity at the elbow, (such as spastic quadriplegia/spastic diplegia cerebral palsy) who will also do well with this size as long as they have at least 4" of space above and below the elbow. The Early Gradeschool (M) size is also a favorite for younger girls with Rett syndrome, as well as children with autism and other genetic diagnoses where it helps deter mouthing, hand wringing and facial interaction.

Adolescent/Young Adult (L) 9-10 years – about 16-18 years

Specs: 9.0" long x 12.0" in girth (wrap-around) x 3.0mm thick

Recommendations: The child should have 5" of space above the elbow before the underarm and below the elbow before the wrist. To ensure a secure fit and performance, we recommend 3/4" as the minimum amount of overlap on the wrap-around portion.

 

Product Videos

Macey on her way with The Bamboo Brace (01:57)
The Bamboo Brace is a great tool to help special needs children with Hemiplegia, Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Delays to learn how to roll, sit, crawl, stand and walk. The Bamboo Brace supports the elbow joint and keeps the arm at a better angle to assist in the development of gross motor skills. The flexible and interchangeable stays allow parents and therapists to select just the right amount of resistance to allow gross motor movement while not preventing fine motor play.
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