Anchors: Matthew

August 20, 2008

K.D. Nesbitt, Special Education Teacher
Noblesville, IN

The elbow anchor gives Matthew the chance to accomplish tasks he otherwise could never do. His motor condition causes his arms to move rapidly and abruptly. He often knocks things over when he tries to reach them or pick them up.


Matthew has always struggled – even to get food to his mouth without knocking everything off his tray. If I put twenty pretzels on his tray, he might get one. Matthew would get so frustrated and his arms would fly out even faster and harder.


Matthew’s adaptive toy Tigger has a button that he is able to push, to make it dance and sing. But when Matthew would try to hold this Tigger, he never could do it himself. This little boy tried so hard, so many times, but the Tigger always went flying.


Then I saw the Rifton anchors in a co-worker's room and I asked to try them. WOW! We couldn't believe the difference. The smile on Matthew’s face as he plays with toys and gets all the pretzels from his tray says it all.


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