If your baby is diagnosed with Deformational Plagiocephaly, Brachycephaly or Scaphocephaly and is between the ages of 3 and 18 months, your pediatrician or specialist may refer you to a practitioner who specializes in providing plagiocephaly helmet therapy. Each STARband Cranial Remolding Orthosis is custom made of plastic and foam to correct your baby’s head shape gently as they grow. STARband Kids
Most infants whose heads ‘tip’ to one side or the other, and/or show ‘flattening’ in some areas of their head respond very well to Repositioning Therapy under the guidance of a Pediatric Physiotherapist — teaching parents in one-on-one or weekly group classes over a period of a couple of months. Early intervention, starting at 3 months of age — while your child’s head is growing most rapidly — is key to achieving successful outcomes with repositioning therapy.
Some infants may require referral to a Pediatric Orthotist certified in cranial products for further evaluation. Children require very careful monitoring of the fit and function of their devices. Skilled Pediatric Orthotists assess your child’s progress and make fine adjustments to accommodate growth and development over the course of treatment.
|Referrals||Infants between the ages of 4 and 6 months who have not achieved the desired level of correction with Repositioning Therapy may be referred by their Physiotherapist for further assessment and treatment with a cranial orthosis, if prescribed by your child’s Physician.|
|Clinician||Marc Schneider, Orthotist – Pediatric Specialist
Certified, Cranial Products, Orthomerica
|Assessment||Welcome, introductions, and review of diagnosis, referral and prescription
|SmartSoc® 3D Capturing System by Orthomerica.
Measurement with SmartSoc® 3D Capturing System is accurate to 0.08mm (0.02%) of the STARscanner based on a head circumference of 400 mm at 6 months of age.
|Treatments||STARlight Cranial Orthosis||STARband Cranial Orthosis|
|Clear plastic shell with foam pads and Velcro® closure||Opaque plastic shell with pelite liner, foam insert and Velcro®
|Indications||Mild||Moderate to Severe|
|Follow Up Visits||Age:||3-4 months||4-12 months||12-18 months|
|Frequency:||Every week||Every 2 weeks||Every 3 weeks|
|Monitoring||Measure the infant’s head including circumference, anterior-posterior and medial-lateral to monitor growth and change in symmetry and proportion.
Assess fit and function of the cranial orthosis, making adjustments to accommodate growth and development.
|Fees||$2,500 including all support and servicing to adjust the Cranial Orthosis to accommodate growth and development over the course of treatment.
Detailed estimates including measurements indicating severity of condition according to clinical indices, available upon request for submission to your Private insurer for prior approval.
|Locations||South Health Campus
7B, 4448 Front St. SE
1, 3500-24 Ave. NW
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|Calgary Youth Physiotherapy
203, 7720 Elbow Drive SW
Calgary, Alberta T2V 1K2
|Calgary Youth Physiotherapy
101, 4616 Valiant Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T3A 0X9
11, 6449 Crowchild Trail SW
Calgary, Alberta T3E 5R7
|Infant Head Shape Services
South Health Campus
7B, 4448 Front Street SE
Calgary, Alberta T3M 1M4
|Infant Head Shape Program
Alberta Children’s Hospital
28 Oki Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T3B 6A8
|Around Australia, OAPL use the SmartSoc® 3D Capturing System by Orthomerica for the diagnosis and treatment of a range of cranial deformities present in infants. OAPL Published on Youtube Aug 7, 2017|
|My Baby’s Head is Flat: What is Positional/Deformational Cranial Asymmetry?|
|If your baby’s head is flat or not symmetric, you might have some questions as to why or how. In this video, we discuss plagiocephaly, other aspects of cranial asymmetries, and methods of treatment for your child. Want to learn more about STARband? Check out starbandkids.com for more information. Orthomerica Products Inc. Published on Youtube Nov 15, 2016|
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