"...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 the children that need it the most."
Stacy Gnewkowski, parent
"...The Taylorbar Prone Positioner is a novel solution to an age old problem. In the short time 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 of 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 now with the Taylorbar. Ryan's therapists have supported its use and acknowledge the progress he has made since we began using it! Thanks for taking your invention to a higher level and sharing it with others that need it!"
Kristin Paulus, MSW, parent
"...We were soooo excited to stumble across the Taylorbar in a search for a solution to an old problem. 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: Taylorbar Prone Positioner.
We were first introduced to the Taylorbar Prone Positioner when one of our patients parents brought it to physical therapy to show us how she was using it with her son at home. Prior to using the Taylorbar it was very dificult to keep her son on his tummy 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 Taylorbar Prone Positioner at home, we were able to see an improvement in this patient's overall developmental skills. After a period of time he was creeping reciprocally in a four-point pattern. Prior to this he would roll out of the prone position and couldn't progress to 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 Taylorbar Prone Positioner. We struggle with several young patients to get them in the all-important "tummy time" position and so many of them roll out of this position. With the Taylorbar we have been able to make progress with patients who otherwise may not have gained the skills necessary to crawl.
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 RobinFisher, PT
Pediatric Physical Therapist Pediatric Physical Therapist
Helen DeVoss Children's Hospital Helen DeVoss Children's Hospital
100 Michigan Ave., NE 100 Michigan Ave., NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Grand Rapids, MI 49503
"...Our son Owen was born with a Chromosome abnormality and a severe heart defect for which he had two open heart surgeries by the time he was seven months old. He was not able to spend a lot 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 stumbled on the Taylorbar online. I took a chance and ordered it. We put it on Owen, and of course, he hated it. But with the blessing of our therapist we put it on him several times a day for 30 minutes at a stretch. Literally, two weeks later he started to creep along on his tummy. Within two 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, several months since the first use, Owen is a proficient 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, parents
"...We received the Taylorbar this morning. We used it twice today and we can already see that there are some positive results. We are anxious to continue to use it and seeing our son gaining upper body strength. Thank you so much for this tool!
Mvh Marita, parent, Norway
UPDATE, 6 weeks later:
"...Henrik continues to gain upper body strength. He only cried once when we used it because he couldn't roll over like he used to. We also take him to Ute Imhof, a therapist in Oslo who specializes in children with physical developmental problems. Henrik began using his hands more and started transitioning from laying to sitting. His therapist was very pleased with his progress with the Taylorbar. I really recommend the Taylorbar Prone Positioner, thank you again for making it!
Mvh Marita, parent, Norway
"...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 had 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 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 learn that no such equipment existed!
It wasn't until the Taylorbar was created that we were finally able to put Jack on his stomach to practice crawling while at the same time restrict his ability to roll over. The Taylorbar has forced him to use and strengthen the muscles in his upper body. His physical therapists were thrilled that someone finally created a product that filled this void.
We are extremely grateful that you have created this piece of equipment and have made it available to all those who can benefit from it.
Michael and Stacy Gnewkowski, Ed. S., parent
"...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 is a novel solution to an age old problem.
When a child is positioned on his/her tummy with the Taylorbar on, the ability to roll is eliminated, 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 baby 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 that I have something that will correct the problem.
Jennifer L. Smith, PT
"...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 their arms and legs, strengthen their core muscles, and ultimately learn to crawl.
Armed with this knowledge of the importance of when to start 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 she could get anywhere she wanted to 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. At the age of four years she began walking independently, something we thought might never happen.
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)