The Philadelphia Unit of Shriners Hospitals has developed an interdisciplinary plan
forproviding 5-10 year olds with a comprehensive introduction to myoelectric fittings.
The program utilizes a summer camp format for service delivery The initial camp was
conducted as part of a research study in 1984. The Philadelphia Unit investigated
the viability and cost effectiveness of providing myoelectric prostheses to adolescents.
Since that time, the age for fitting myoelectrics through the camp program has been
progressively expanded to include children as young as five years. The primary goal
of the camp is to provide the participants with a diversified, fun and fundamentally
complete myoelectric experience. The Myoelectric Camp format allows therapeutic treatment
of all eligible candidates in a manner which otherwise would not be possible through
individual out-patient appointments in our setting.
From "MEC 93," Proceedings of the 1993 MyoElectric Controls/Powered Prosthetics Symposium
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada: August, 1993. Copyright University of New Brunswick.
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