Structured therapy sessions are important, sure, but I am also aware that as parents, our role in providing real life experiences and opportunities for participation in everyday activities and providing support in areas where they need it is perhaps the most critical part of their development.
Brennen has poor fine motor skills and very little (basically no) grasping ability. We have tried many different types of adaptive devices and specialized equipment to help him hold on to toys and other objects to give him a little bit more independence, but we hadn't found anything to be overly successful for us until I discovered the EazyHold. We know so many children and families who could benefit from this product, and I am excited to share it with you guys here today!
The EazyHold was developed by three sisters who were discovering that many tasks around the house and garden were becoming a challenge because of the arthritis in their hands. All of the activities that needed a continuous grip that they did so effortlessly when they were young were now becoming difficult and painful. They wanted to continue to be active, and needed a solution.
"Frustrated one day while sweeping out the barn, Kerry had to resort to making a duct tape loop on the broom handle to finish the job without pain. Wondering if there was any kind of an easily attachable soft strap to help her get a grip on the handle of her broom and rake, her search proved fruitless... there wasn't anything! Enter Merrily and Wendy - her two very crafty sisters who brainstormed to come up with a solution to this problem. We knew there had to be a better way. We were familiar with the previous generation of grip assistive straps, as we'd done volunteer work in therapy centers before. The standard assistive devices are made of elastics, leather, plastics and hook and loop. They are scratchy, uncomfortable, bulky and unsanitary. We wanted to make something more comfortable, hygienic, adaptable, attractive and more affordable. So we decided to head in a new direction: a comfortable, colorful, silicone strap that could fit on virtually anything!
We explored different rubber materials, shapes and sizes. Made the molds and poured the first rubber prototypes ourselves in our kitchen. We put them on a variety of objects and headed to the Ventura flea market for a little customer feedback.
What we never could have imagined was the extent of the need beyond our own arthritis. The people passing by gave us suggestion after suggestion of what they would put an EazyHold on. Like the man who wanted to put one on his paint roller, and the nurse who needed one for her tiny patient's spoon and rattle. And later, in visiting with therapists, hospitals and convalescent homes, we learned that our simple, inexpensive EazyHold straps could become a valuable resource for those with Cerebral palsy, Stroke, Parkinson's, ALS, Spinal cord injuries, and many more individuals with special needs.
Imagine the joy we felt to see a baby who was unable to grip, now holding a rattle for the first time, marveling at it. The outpouring of thanks from parents who have children with disabilities has been unbelievable. Their gratitude makes our journey so exciting and meaningful. We never could have thought the need would be as great as it is and we are motivated every day to get our product out there to those who need it!"
We have used the EazyHold on objects such as crayons, markers, drumsticks, shakers, a paintbrush, Brennen's spoon, his toothbrush, and some small toys.
Here is Brennen rocking out on the drum - holding on to the mallet all by himself and tapping away with no assistance!
He loves to feed himself, and can do so with the EazyHold and just a little bit of support at his elbow -
Our sweet friend, Ava uses the EazyHold for all kinds of things, like painting beautiful pictures independently -
..and using the shovels and rakes to explore our sensory bin!
EazyHold products are available through their online store at http://eazyhold.com/