A young boy living with cerebral palsy has begun walking thanks to an ‘assistive technologies’ computer program.
Caleb McKague, who lives in the US and is an ambassador for the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD), is on the move thanks to an innovative piece of technology developed by the group.
Caleb suffered a brain injury and several seizures when he was born. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy very early on, and the condition affects all four of his limbs.
His mother, Cindy McKague is grateful for everything that SMD have been able to do for them as a family.
“SMD has been in our lives since Caleb was eight months old,” she said.
“He could not tolerate going to the hospital for therapies, so our caseworker introduced us to their outreach program.
“We had physiotherapy and occupational therapy come to our house monthly to do their therapies and provide us with some guidance for exercises that would help.”
Caleb was provided with a device called ‘the buddy roamer’ by the SMD, which makes use of innovative new technology.
This metal frame device allows Caleb to push himself forward on the wheels as it supports his weight, giving him the freedom to move and interact with his family and friends.
This has enabled him to walk up to his mother and hug her for the first time.
“He walked in for a hug,” she said.
“My child before was never able to walk up to me and show me that type of physical affection, because he physically couldn’t.
“This piece of equipment does that for him.”