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"...We feel that using the Taylorbar prone positioner has been the single most effective intervention that has finally allowed our son to practice and establish crawling... We are extremely grateful that not only have you created this piece of valuable equipment, but that you have made it available to children who need it the most. "
- Stacy Gnewkowski (Ed. S., parent)
"...The Taylorbar prone positioner, created by Paul and Jackie Rozema, is a novel solution to an age old problem... In the short time that it has been available for my use, I have seen a group of children that used rolling as their primary means of mobility move to crawling and creeping in a forward progression in a matter of weeks."
- Jennifer L. Smith (Physical Therapist, Early Interventionist)
"...I have had the Taylorbar prone positioner for a couple months now, and it has helped Ryan tremendously... He basically refused to stay on his tummy for more than a second, pre-Taylorbar...but he tolerates tummy time really well with the Taylorbar. Ryan's therapists have supported its use and acknowledge the progress he has made since we began using it! Thanks to Katie's parents for taking their invention to a higher level and sharing it with others that need it!"
- Kristin Paulus (MSW, parent)
"...We were soooo excited to stumble across your Taylorbar in the new Sammons Preston catalog. I am a pediatric OT and my infant daughter, Claire, suffered a stroke at birth! Claire has little use of her right arm and crawling development is SLOW."
UPDATE 5 months later:
"...Claire started 4 point crawling yesterday! The Taylorbar kept her in prone... Two other children in my therapy practice are now using the Taylorbar."
- Michelle Cox (MS, OTR/L, parent)
To Whom it May Concern:
Letter of Endorsement for Equipment: Prone Positioner
We were first introduced to the Taylorbar prone positioner when one of our parents brought it to physical therapy last year to show us how she was using it with her son at home. Prior to using the prone positioner, it was very difficult to keep her son on his stomach for prone positioning and play. This aversion to prone was limiting his progress with overall strength, endurance, and gross motor skill acquisition. After implementing the use of the prone positioner at home, we were able to see an improvement in this patient's overall developmental skills. Within a few months he was creeping reciprocally in a four-point pattern. Prior to this, he would roll out of the prone position and couldn't progress towards four-point.
Since the success with this patient, we've been able to identify several other patients who would benefit from the use of the prone positioner. We struggle with several young patients to get them in the all-important "tummy time," and so many of them roll out of the position. With the prone positioner, we have been able to make progress with patients who otherwise may not have gained the skills necessary to creep.
We feel this product has been beneficial in our practice of pediatric physical therapy and will continue to use it in the future.
Beth Kuzma, PT Robin Fisher, PT
Pediatric Physical Therapist Pediatric Physical Therapist
Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Helen DeVos Children's Hospital
100 Michigan, NE 100 Michigan, NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Grand Rapids, MI 49503
August 19, 2010
Subject: Taylorbar testimonial
Our son Owen was born with a chromosome abnormality and a severe heart defect for which he had 2 open heart surgeries by the time he was 7 months old. He was not able to spend an enormous amount of time on his tummy as a small baby, and by the time he was an older infant, he hated tummy time. He would immediately flip onto his back and scoot to get where he wanted to go. By the time he was 18 months old, we had been in this pattern for several months, and I was starting to believe we'd never break it.
That's when I stumbled on the Taylorbar in an online catalog for medical devices. It wasn't what I was looking for, but I took a chance and ordered it anyway. We put it on Owen, and of course, he hated it. But, with the blessing of our therapists, we put him in it several times daily for 30 minutes at a stretch. Literally, two weeks later, he started to creep along on his tummy. Within 2 months of use, we didn't need the Taylorbar anymore at all. He was self-initiating tummy time, something I thought I'd never see!
Now, 10 months since the first use, Owen is a proficient army crawler, can push up to sit, can pull to stand, and is starting to learn to crawl up stairs. These are milestones I was beginning to fear he would never reach. I truly believe it took the Taylorbar to get him over that hump of tolerating tummy time. He even sleeps on his tummy now!
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Mark & Adrienne Frossard
July 8, 2010
Subject: The Taylorbar
Hi Jackie and Paul,
We received the Taylorbar this morning! It had no damage in shipping and the Taylorbar looked very good. Thank you so very much for all the work you both have done, so my son can use it.
We have tried it twice today, and we can see that it is working. So now we are going to use it a lot. So he can become more strong in the upper body. You have been very clever for making this Taylorbar. Thank you again, and thank you for the nice letter we got. It was very touching. We will tell you how it goes.
Mvh Marita; (from Norway)
August 23, 2010
Hi Jackie and Paul,
Thanks for the email. I was just thinking to send you an email this week :-)
Now, we have used Taylorbar tummy time in the summer to keep him prone (on his tummy). He only cried the first time he had it on, because he could not turn around like he is used to. But he had to come into a four-point position. This made him stronger on his upper body. And that was amazing to experience.
The challenge after he got into a four-point position, was that he sat up and threw himself backwards so that he struck his head right into the floor. What we did in addition to using the Taylorbar was to take him to the Ute Imhof (therapist) in Oslo, she specializes in children with development problems and perform Voijta training. We got two exercises that we should do at home and they were very effective.
So Henrik began to use his hands more to the sides, such as transitioning himself from laying to sitting. What we did with the Taylorbar tummy time was that we turned the pole around, this stopped him from throwing himself backwards, because it can support him in the back. Thus, we used it in two ways, and now he is stronger in the hands and upper body. After a month off from kindergarten, so they said that they saw a positive development.
So I really recommend the Taylorbar tummy time, thank you so much again for making it and sending it to us here in Norway. I have recommended it to the therapist you told me about her in Norway (Karen).
Blessings to you and your family,
Mvh Marita; (from Norway)
March 31, 2010
Subject: Bravo to you guys!
We were soooo excited to stumble across your Taylorbar in the new Sammons Preston catalog. I am a pediatric OT and my infant daughter, Claire, suffered a stroke at birth! My good friend and Claire's PT were just sure we were going to be the first to invent this and make millions ...lol! But ya'll beat us to it....
Claire has little use of her right arm and crawling development is SLOW. But it is the number one thing that will strengthen her arm!! I just ordered one and hope that we have success. Thank you for inventing it so that I don't have to spend my extra time thinking about how to!
KUDOS!! And tell Taylor hello for us she is a cutie!
Michelle Cox, MS, OTR/L
August 25, 2010
Claire started 4 point crawling yesterday! The Taylorbar kept her in prone (on her stomach) so she never bottom scooted, which is great. Two other children in my therapy practice are now using the Taylorbar.
We are now getting ready to move to Birmingham to do a constraint induced movement program to regain arm function back.
Thanks again for asking,
September 30, 2008
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Rozema (and Katie of course),
We just received the Taylorbar today. Thank you so much. Emmy has already given it a test run. Initially she tried hard to twist around in it, but the Taylorbar won. She did great in it. She was in it for a good forty minutes before I had to take it off. (I had to remove it because we had to pick up my other daughter from school, not because Emmy was unhappy). It fits her perfectly and we cannot thank you enough for making this for Emmy. She is a lucky girl, and it will get so much use. We will keep you updated on how she does. I love how light and small it is, and it's a very cute fleece material. Should be able to easily pack it for our Austria trip. It has been a pleasure getting to know Katie. Looking forward to meeting Katie, Vince, and Taylor in person in Austria.
Katie, (Emmy's mom)
p.s. I attached a picture of Emmy with the Taylorbar
April 2, 2008
To whom it may concern,
I have had the Taylorbar prone positioner for a couple months now, and it has helped Ryan tremendously. He basically refused to stay on his tummy for more than a second, pre-Taylorbar. He would always roll onto his back immediately after placing him on his tummy, but he tolerates tummy time really well with the Taylorbar. He always fought tummy time so hard. I am actually quite surprised as to how well he tolerates it now, usually without a fuss until he becomes really tired.
He has made a lot of progress and now tolerates tummy time for short periods independently. He has also started rolling from his back onto his tummy independently, so it seems like it has helped him realize tummy time is not so bad!
We will continue to use it to help him increase the length of time on his tummy. His new rolling is a great way to become mobile and we are really excited about it, but we will also use the Taylorbar to keep him from rolling all the way over at times while working towards crawling. It is a wonderful tool. Ryan's therapists have supported its use and acknowledge the progress he has made since we began using it! I just wanted to share my experience with it. Thanks to Katie's parents for taking their invention to a higher level and sharing it with others that need it!
June 1, 2007
Dear Paul and Jackie,
Our two year old son Jack has Noonan Syndrome and mild to moderate Cerebral Palsy. From birth, Jack has had low muscle tone. As a result, his gross motor skills have been delayed. He has received physical therapy from both the Early On Program at school and the local hospital since he was four months old. Jack started sitting when he was 18 months old and just recently started crawling at 26 months.
We feel that using the Taylorbar prone positioner has been the single most effective intervention that has finally allowed our son to practice and establish crawling. Our biggest problem was that every time we put Jack in the crawling position, he would roll over. We talked to his physical therapist about purchasing some sort of equipment that would stop him from doing this and were surprised to find out that such equipment did not exist.
It wasn't until the Taylorbar was created that we were finally able to put Jack on his stomach to practice the steps towards crawling, while at the same time restrict his ability to roll over. The Prone Positioner has forced him to use and strengthen the muscles in his upper body. We have been so excited about the Taylorbar that we brought it to his therapy sessions at the hospital. The physical therapists there were thrilled that someone finally created a piece of equipment that filled this void.
Your invention has created quite a buzz around the school and the hospital. We are extremely grateful that not only have you created this piece of valuable equipment, but that you have made it available to children who need it the most. You will be glad know that we have since donated Jack's Taylorbar to his school so that other children can benefit from it.
Thank you for your efforts.
Michael and Stacy Gnewkowski, Ed. S.
May 31, 2007
Letter of Endorsement;
Taylorbar Prone Positioner
As a Pediatric Physical Therapist, one of my frequent struggles is getting a child to maintain positioning on their tummy. The prone position is fundamental to motor development, in that it strengthens the back extensor muscles, while simultaneously stretching the trunk flexor (tummy) muscles. These two elements are key in progression toward both upright posture and independent mobility.
In my work with children with special needs, specifically motor delays, it is not uncommon that once a child has learned to roll it is even more difficult to maintain the prone position and encourage crawling.
The Taylorbar prone positioner, created by Paul and Jackie Rozema, is a novel solution to an age old problem. When a child is positioned on his/her tummy with the Taylorbar on, rolling is prohibited, and forward progression in the prone position is facilitated.
I have found the Taylorbar prone positioner to be a beneficial adjunct to my direct work with a child, as well as being a solution for a parent to increase tummy time during a child's daily routine.
In the short time that it has been available for my use, I have seen a group of children that used rolling as their primary means of mobility move to crawling and creeping in a forward progression in a matter of weeks.
In summary, the Taylorbar prone positioner has been a wonderful addition to my "tool kit" as a therapist. It allows me to position a child in prone and have my hands free for therapeutic intervention, and it allows the parents I work with to provide increased tummy time during their child's daily routine. I am now excited when a parent tells me their child won't stay on their tummy and just keeps rolling, because I know I have something that will be beneficial!
Jennifer L. Smith, PT
January 25, 2009
To all parents and caregivers of newborns:
As both a neonatal nurse and a mother of a child with special needs, I am acutely aware of the importance of "tummy time." With the well-known phrase "back to sleep," which refers to putting infants on their backs during sleep in order to prevent SIDS, the importance of tummy time can sometimes unintentionally get overlooked.
Tummy time is a vital point that we always include as part of the discharge teaching done with parents of children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The need for tummy time during periods of the day when the baby is awake cannot be stressed enough. This is how infants are able to develop the skills necessary to push up on arms and legs, strengthen their core muscles, and ultimately learn how to crawl.
Armed with this knowledge of the importance of tummy time, you can imagine our own personal frustrations when tummy time became such a struggle with our own daughter. Due to her low muscle tone and developmental delays, she strongly resisted being put on her tummy once she developed the ability to roll. Rolling around soon became her main means of mobility. Once she discovered that she could get anywhere she wanted to (on level ground) by rolling, she was no longer motivated to stay on her tummy and develop the strength and skills needed to crawl.
With the invention of the Taylorbar, a whole new world was opened up to our daughter. By gently keeping her in a prone position, yet giving her the freedom to still move about while on her tummy, she soon learned that there were other ways to be mobile. She first mastered the art of combat crawling. She then learned the skill of getting herself into a four-point position, which was ultimately followed by learning how to crawl while in four-point.
Once she developed the skills to crawl, she could see the world from a whole new perspective. She now had the strength and motivation to learn other skills, such as transitioning from laying to sitting, tall-kneeling, and pulling to stand. She is now four years old, and she is walking independently. We are so very proud of our daughter and all of her accomplishments. She has worked very hard, and the Taylorbar prone positioner was a vital aid in getting her to this point.
Katie Tortonesi, RN, BSN, Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse; and Vince Tortonesi
(Proud parents to Taylor, for whom the Taylorbar® was invented)
(Below are two pictures of Taylor: The first shows her at 2 years old, wearing the "original" Taylorbar. The second shows her at 3 years old, proficient at four-point.)