I wish I had know this before! Thanks to a mom looking for matching orthotics for her daughter’s Christmas gift doll,
Cascade brand orthotics is offering FREE doll DAFOS to their customers!
We understand that sticking to a brace-wearing plan can be challenging for kids, but having a look-alike companion who shares your daily routine can be a game-changer. We’re happy to announce that our shelves are now stocked with mini-DAFOs that fit most 18-inch dolls. Our complimentary Doll DAFOs can be ordered with any of our strap colors. (Available in the U.S. and Canada, for Cascade Dafo customers only.)https://cascadedafo.com/news/2018/exclusively-for-dafo-wearers-doll-dafos
In other words, you can choose the strap color to match your child’s DAFOs!
How fun is that? You just need to mention it to your practitioner and have them add it to the “special requests” notes. Or, if you are like me, you will forget. After all, in the hype of the moment, we are not thinking about our gift lists! I rarely find myself chatting about dolls as our kiddos are slightly non-compliant at having their legs wrapped mummy-style in wet strips of plaster. Ok. make that NEVER have I EVER…To be honest, even I flinch when the cast is cut off. Yup, I know, its harmless. But still, it’s hard not to flinch.
If your kids are like mine, they like to watch youtube videos to get familiar with things that affect their lives. Here is a good pediatric video:
Should you forget to make the doll DAFOs request, no worries!
Although not FREE, I noticed that another website has different accessories for dolls related to disabilities HERE.
As an added bonus, Jillian Pizzi, a family therapist, has her own ideas about how a doll wearing DAFOs can be helpful with our children…especially if the child is preverbal:
First, she suggested, healthcare practitioners can use dolls or stuffed animals to show the child where the AFOs will be placed and how their clothing will accommodate the braces. Then, once the child has donned the AFOs, the outfit, or both, use the same dolls to ask the child to point out areas where the braces or the clothes are uncomfortable.https://lermagazine.com/issues/may/kids-clothes-and-afos-finding-just-the-right-fit
Pretending to put the AFOs on the doll first allows the child to “buy in” to the braces, explained Pizzi, who is with South Bay Mental Health in Lowell, MA.
“They will feel more comfortable seeing it done [on the doll] first, and this may enable them to relax a bit,” she said.
Looks like a win for us all!