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Cannot stand without support | Cannot walk unsupported | Has a Scissor Gait | Does not have sitting balance
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Scissor Gait is a form of gait abnormality primarily associated with cerebral palsy. It is presented by knees and thighs hitting, or sometimes even crossing in a scissor like movement. Because of this, Shrushti's one leg falls on the other and she falls.
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Physiotherapy at Shartul School for Special Children, Mumbai
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Walking with the aid of physiotherapy:
The physiotherapist holds her from behind and guides her by putting her own leg between Shrushti’s two legs to part them with every step that she takes
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Without a walker, she takes support of objects around and walks sideways, falling a lot of times
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To design a special walker for Shrushti which enables her to walk independently and corrects her scissor gait by making her walk naturally.
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The idea was to develop a device which kept her legs parted while she walked
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The partition separates Shrushti's legs when she walks. It can also be used as a seating device when she gets tired of walking.
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The final concept product was validated. Shrushti walked for about 40 minutes with the new walker without any difficulty. Do check out the project video at http://vimeo.com/bhairavi/walker-for-scissor-gaits

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