Mom Debby Einatan was heartbroken when she first received news that her son Rotem, then 2, had no consciousness of his legs due to cerebral palsy. His condition inspired her to create a harness, called the Firefly Upsee, that allows wheelchair-bound small children to walk with a parent or adult. More from TODAY Moms:
On April 7, the Firefly Upsee Harness will be available for $540 plus shipping and fits children ages 3 to 8. Upsee includes double rubber shoes, a pair for parent and child each. The harness, which parents wear around their waists, consists of a soft material and resembles a wearable baby carrier.
Physical therapist Joseph Schreiber says the Upsee may be helpful for children to play and move more efficiently.
"It is always wonderful to see children, especially those with special needs, participating in a wide variety of fun and age-appropriate activities," Schreiber, pediatrics president for the American Physical Therapy Association, told TODAY Moms in an email.
He recommends parents consult with physical therapists before purchasing a product such as Upsee to make sure it is safe and the right choice for the child.
Elnatan says being upright and bearing his or her own weight gives the child access to the world.
"[The child] can reach out and touch, something which is hard to do from a carriage or wheelchair," Elnatan says.
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