Harness Helps Disabled Kids Walk With Parent

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A new harness is helping children with physical disabilities get a new view of the world. The special device attaches the children to adults and helps them walk in tandem. (May 8)

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AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY

Jerusalem - May 1, 2014

1. Pull out to wide of two women walking with disabled children with use of the Upsee harness

2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Nomi Avnerm, mother of disabled child:

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3. Avnerm pushing her child, Amichai, in stroller

4. Avnerm kissing Amichai

5. Avnerm walking with Amichai with use of Upsee

6. Wide of Avnerm and Amichai standing next to a physical therapist using an Upsee with another disabled child

7. Tight of children playing in Upsee harnesses

8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Nomi Avnerm, mother of disabled child:

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9. Therapist putting harness on disabled child

10. Wide of therapist holding child in harness as another woman straps on the sandals

11. Tight of child and adult sandals on Upsee

12. Therapist walking with child in Upsee

13. Tight of child's face

14. Wide of therapist and child standing together, playing instrument

15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Nava Gelkop, Physical Therapist:

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16. Therapist and child in Upsee exploring the garden

17. Tight of Avnerm picking up son as they get into the Upsee

18. Pan up Avnerm and Amichai wearing Upsee

19. (English) Nomi Avnerm, mother of disabled child:

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20. Wide of Avnerm and therapist walking with children with aid of Upsee harnesses

PKG SCRIPT:

A NEW HARNESS IS HELPING PHYSICALLY DISABLED CHILDREN GET A NEW VIEW OF THE WORLD.

(SUPER = Nomi Avnerm, mother of disabled child)

"He can go with us places, and he can take a walk.//We can bring him closer to smell the flowers."

(SUPER = Jerusalem)

4-YEAR-OLD AMICHAI IS NOT ABLE TO WALK ON HIS OWN DUE TO A SEVERE DEVELOPMENTAL IMPAIRMENT.

BUT WHEN WEARING THE UPSEE HARNESS, HE AND HIS MOTHER ARE ON THE MOVE... TOGETHER.

(SUPER = Nomi Avnerm, mother of disabled child)

"He is not a regular child. He is a special child, and he has a special device that gives him a chance to be as any other child."

THE HARNESS FITS ON A CHILD WITH STRAPS AND SANDALS THAT ATTACH TO A BELT AND SANDALS ON AN ADULT.

THEY CAN MOVE IN TANDEM, HANDS FREE... THE PARENT SUPPORTING THE CHILD AS THEY STAND UP, WALK, EXPLORE AND PLAY TOGETHER.

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS SAY THEY'VE SEEN IMPROVEMENTS IN DISABLED KIDS WHO'VE USED THE UPSEE.

(SUPER = Nava Gelkop, Physical Therapist)

"We saw motor improvement. They sat better. They walked better. They transferred from sitting to standing."

AN ISRAELI MOTHER OF A CHILD WITH CEREBRAL PALSY INVENTED THE HARNESS, WHICH IS ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE.

IT'S RECOMMENDED FOR KIDS AGES ONE TO EIGHT, OR UNTIL THE CHILD'S SHOULDERS RISE ABOVE THE ADULT'S BELLY BUTTON.

(SUPER = Nomi Avnerm, mother of disabled child)

"From sitting, he stands up, with help, of course, from somebody, but it was something that I had never thought he would do, and it gives me hope."

SOMETHING OTHER PARENTS HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR TOO... THOUSANDS OF ORDERS HAVE BEEN PLACED SINCE THE UPSEE STARTED SELLING LAST MONTH.

CINDY SHARP, ASSOCIATED PRESS.

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