“After facilitating the assessment, it was agreed an application should be made for the garment and I supported the family throughout that process,” said Amanda.
Rylee recently received her Second Skin, and while it took some getting used to, she is now enjoying the benefits of the compression garment.
Amanda said Rylee is more stable when she walks and is experiencing increased endurance.
“We are also looking for shoulder and fine motor impacts for her to have improved communication using a communication device, with her school work and education and with waking to assist Rylee to function better in the community, more independently” she said.
Already, Rylee is able to hold a cup to drink and a spoon to eat, giving her greater opportunity for self-feeding. Rylee’s grandmother Helen said prior to the Second Skin, Rylee’s low muscle tone and hyper flexibility meant she had very little fine motor control.
Helen said “What seems to many, like a very small thing, to be able to pick up a piece of sandwich and put it in her own mouth saves another person, primarily her family or support workers, that time. The size of the independence gain is almost immeasurable. To be able to choose when you put a piece of food in your mouth, it must be an amazing feeling to say I choose to do that and I did it”.
The family are excited to see what else Rylee can achieve with the help and support of Montrose.
“With Montrose there is no boundary, so we keep going and see what she can do and she’s doing it well beyond anyone’s expectations since Rylee’s birth,” Helen said.