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Rehabilitation Engineering

The Rehabilitation Engineering Department is in Innovation Station on the second floor of SSCY Centre. We work with children and youth who use assistive technology to interact with their environment, for activities of daily living, or for recreation.  Learn about our programs and what we offer below.

We also have a Research & Development Team that works with new and innovative technologies. By combining our skilled team of multidisciplinary professionals with the newest technologies, we are developing new devices, programs, and processes to give our children and youth the best opportunity to discover and reach their full potential.

We have use and care guides for different prosthetic and orthotic devices here.

Our MD&S team developed Early Powered Mobility Power Wheels® Wild Things™ Modification Instructions that are free to download and use, available here.

Mechanical Design & Services

Overview of program:

The Mechanical Design & Services Department (MD&S) of the Rehabilitation Centre for Children designs and builds different types of assistive technology. Assistive technology helps with independence by helping children and youth do things that they cannot do on their own, or have a hard time doing. Some examples of what we do:

  • Design and build unique, custom equipment
  • Modify standard consumer products, like bicycles, toboggans, classroom chairs and kitchen chairs
  • Customize commercial adaptive equipment, like wheelchairs, seating, commodes and walking aids

What to expect during your visit:

Check in with our receptionist, and they will bring you and your child into a private room. An Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist and a Clinical Technologist will talk with you about your child’s needs. Together you will make a plan for how your child could use assistive technology or have equipment modified to maximize their potential and participation.

The length of your appointment depends on what happens at the appointment. If your child is being measured for equipment that MD&S will be building or ordering, it will be between 30 and 45 minutes. The therapist and technologist will record different measurements and other information of your child to make sure the equipment will fit properly. If it is a follow-up appointment for equipment that we will be fitting, it will be between 1 and 3 hours, based on the type and complexity of the equipment.

When coming for an appointment for equipment modifications, please bring anything that may be helpful to have. For example, if you think a modified bicycle will help your child ride a bicycle, bring a proper fitting bicycle and running shoes. If you think a modified kitchen chair will help your child sit and participate in meals at the kitchen table, bring a kitchen chair that we can modify.

There are times that we can modify the equipment while you wait at the centre, if it is for a safety concern or a small change. Usually your child must come for a follow-up appointment for a fitting once we have had time to make the modifications or order equipment.

Due to the number of requests in the summer, try to bring in your child’s bicycle for modifications as early in the year as possible, as the wait for bicycle modifications can be long.

Meet your team:

You will meet an Occupational Therapist or a Physiotherapist, and a Clinical Technologist. The Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist will talk with you about what your child needs to participate in their activities. The therapist will also assess your child’s physical abilities and suggest equipment that may help them with the activities they want to do. The Clinical Technologist will record all of the measurements and information so that they can safely design, modify, and/or build equipment for your child.

How to access the program:

The program is for children and youth who need help from an assistive device to participate in daily activities, or need a regular device modified to their specific needs. Children and youth up to the age of 21 from Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario and Nunavut can come to MD&S. You do not need a referral; parents and caregivers may contact us directly. Wait times can vary based on your equipment needs. Call us at (204) 258-6661 for more information or to make an appointment.

Find and contact us:

MD&S is located on the second floor of SSCY Centre in Innovation Station. We are open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Contact us at (204) 258-6661 for more information or to make an appointment.

Program funder:

This program is funded by Manitoba Health and the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation.

Prosthetics & Orthotics

Overview of program:

The Prosthetic and Orthotic Department provides assessment, fabrication, fitting and finishing of prostheses and orthoses. A prosthesis is a device that replaces a missing limb or part of a limb.  Children may have lost limbs through injury, illness or were born with a congenital limb loss.  Prostheses are also called artificial limbs. An orthosis is an external support for a joint.  Orthoses are also called splints or braces.  Orthoses may be used to:

  • Achieve or maintain good joint alignment
  • Stabilize injured joints and the surrounding tissues to allow for healing
  • Prevent or slow the development of joint contractures or deformities
  • Assist with function
  • Relieve pain

Children and youth referred to the Prosthetic and Orthotic Department will be seen by clinicians who assess their functional goals and needs, typical environments and lifestyle, and preferences when planning for a prosthesis or orthosis.  Referrals may also be made to physiotherapy for gait training, posture exercises, and training to use a myo-electric prosthesis.

Once a child or youth has been seen initially the frequency of visits depends on the type of device(s) being provided and their growth and development.  For prosthetics the child or youth is assessed and cast at the initial visit and is then required to come for more fittings before the prosthesis is finished and provided.  The length of the fabrication process depends on the type of prosthesis being made. For orthotics the fabrication of a device usually involves the initial assessment and casting or measuring and then a final fitting, which may take 4 – 6 weeks.  After the device is provided, the medical specialist, clinician, physiotherapist/occupational therapist and parents will monitor the fit and function of the device(s) and the child or youth will be followed based on their needs.

What to expect during your visit:

Check in at the front reception at SSCY Centre, and the receptionist will send you to the Prosthetic and Orthotic Department.  When you get to the Prosthetic and Orthotic Department you will check in with our receptionist, show your child’s health insurance card and confirm your contact information.  Your child will then be seen by their clinician.  Prosthetic appointment times vary depending on the stage of fabrication of the prosthesis. An orthotic appointment is usually 1 hour long.  The clinicians will give you all the information you need about the casting and fitting process and any follow up information.  Families are encouraged to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Meet your team:

The Prosthetic and Orthotic Department is made up of a team of certified prosthetic and orthotic clinicians, registered technicians and administrative support.  The clinicians design and fit the prosthetics and orthotics and the technicians help make the devices.  The administrative support is responsible for reception, scheduling visits, and providing information about billing and other questions.

Our certified clinicians are:
Ed Lee, BSc., CO(c),

Jacky Gilmour, MSc. CO(c),
Chelsea Korstrom, MSc. CO(c),
Meghan Guglich, MSc. CP(c),

Our registered technicians are:
Douglas Janzen, RTO(c)              
Randy Dookeran, RTPO(c)        
Kate Wagner, BA. (kin), RTP(c), Orthotic Intern
Alicia Hill, EIT, Orthotic Intern

How to access the program:

Children and youth up to the age of 21 from Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario and Nunavut are eligible for services from the Prosthetic and Orthotic Department.  Children and youth can be referred to the Prosthetic and Orthotic Department by parents or guardians and various medical professionals.  The wait time for an appointment is usually 1 to 2 weeks.

Find and contact us:

The Prosthetic and Orthotic Department of the Rehabilitation Centre for Children is located in Innovation Station on the second floor of SSCY Centre.  We are open Monday to Friday, 8 am – 5 pm.  You can contact us by phone ((204) 258-6660), toll free (1-866-314-0501) or by fax ((204) 235-1288).

Program funder:

Most of the devices provided are funded by the provincial health services programs (Manitoba Health and Ontario Health) and also by Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) for Nunavut and treaty status children.  For items that are not covered by provincial health insurance there are other funders available to cover costs, such as The War Amps (Champ Program), Non-Insured Health Benefits program, the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation, Child & Family Services Agencies, Family Services and Consumer Affairs (Orthotic Program), and a parent’s private insurance (such as MB Blue Cross, Great West Life, etc.).  There are some off-the-shelf items (such as insoles, protective helmets and extra-depth shoes) which may have to be funded by parents or caregivers.

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