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What Is A Pediasuit And How Can Your Child Benefit From Using It?


Have you heard of the Pediasuit? If you’re the parent of a child with special needs, you might want to read closely because this therapeutic tool can really benefit your child.


Pediasuit stems from the mind of Certified Occupational Therapist Leonardo de Oliveira and came to fruition from his own experience with his son who is hemiplegic. The Pediasuit is a soft dynamic orthotic that comes complete with a cap, vest, shorts, knee pads, and special shoes. All of these items are held together using adjustable elastic bands whose purpose is to support and align the body as close to normal as possible.


The goal while using Pediasuit is to reestablish the correct postural alignment and weight bearing, which is important in helping normalize muscle tone, sensory and vestibular functions. The inspiration for this suit comes from the Penguin suit -- or Pingvin exercise suit -- which was created in the 70s by the Soviet Space Program after seeing how their astronauts came back to Earth suffering from issues like bone density loss, muscle atrophy, and the inability to walk after having spent hundreds of days in orbit.




De Oliveira took the Penguin Suit and made it all his own by making changes in the suit’s material and overall design. The Pediasuit became lighter, more breathable, and easier to put on and remove than the original Penguin Suit. It was also created so that parents can easily use it at home, if they live in a country that does not have Pediasuit clinics.  

Some of the benefits of Pediasuit is that is helps retrain the central nervous system, provides tactile stimulation, improves balance and coordination, and improves bone density and hip alignment. 

Hundreds of special needs children and athletes recovering from injuries from all around the globe have benefited from using Pediasuit. So what are you waiting for? Schedule an appointment today and change your child’s life.  

Click here for information about the Pediasuit therapy services offered at Therapies 4 Kids.

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