Behold the Firefly Upsee: a revolutionary harness that could become a game-changer for the150 million children living with physical disabilities across the world. The device allow infants and small children with special needs to use the support of an adult to stand and walk. It doesn’t just give the user the feeling that they are walking, it could also helps them develop that skill on their own too.
Clare Canale, the company’s clinical research manager and occupational therapist, believes this invention could have a huge impact both on children’s quality of life and their successful integration into society. “Short-term, the Upsee improves special needs family participation and quality of life, while research suggests it has the potential to help the with physical and emotional development in the longer term,” she stated in a press release.
One of the most revolutionary advancements of the Upsee is that children with motor impairments can now use this standing and walking harness to play with other children. Take Jack, a 5-year-old boy from Draperstown in Northern Ireland who suffers from cerebral palsy. In the video below, he is kicking a ball back to his brother, which his mother, Maura McCrystal thought she would never see. ”Last Sunday was a significant one for us as a family as it was the first time our son Jack was able to play football in the back garden with his dad, his brothers and our little dog Milly. To see Jack playing like any other 5 year old boy made me very emotional,” she said in a statement.