3 things you can do with smos your child outgrew

by Aculbertson

Whether it’s in spurts or millimeters, your child is growing. And that means those SMOs won’t fit forever. So when the PT or orthotist says it’s time to move on to a new set, parents are left asking the same question. What should I do with old ones?

Here are a few options:

Donate To Kids In Need

Every Surestep product is designed for one, specific child. And because they’re so highly customized, it’s not ideal for anyone else to wear them and they cannot be reused within the United States. But after seeing the positive impact, many parents want to pay it forward.

And when the need is high but the resources are few, even a secondhand pair can make a difference in a child’s life.

To donate SMOs, AFOs, or other orthoses, send them to:

Attn: Julie

Hearts in Motion

2210 US-41

Schererville, IN 46375

Please clearly mark the box as a donation. Once received, the devices are cleaned, fresh straps and pads are added, and then they are fitted for kids in developing parts of the world.

Upgrade A Stuffed Animal Or Doll

SMOs get a second life when you put them on your child’s favorite stuffed animal or doll.

Is this adorable? Absolutely. But it can also be helpful. Some kids struggle with the idea of SMOs. They see friends and siblings walk, run, and play without them. And whether intentional or not, other kids can make mean comments. Putting an old pair of SMOS on a stuffed animal or doll can normalize them and help keep your child from feeling like the odd one out.

And it doesn’t have to end there. Does your child rely on any other device, such as a g-tube? Add that, too.


Hold On To Them As A Keepsake

Like pencil marks inching up a wall, old SMOs are great reminders of how much your child has grown, both in size and skill. They’re mementos. Reminders that firsts do happen. First time pulling to stand. First steps. First time he or she kept up with the other kids. And this can be especially helpful when that next milestone seems out of reach.

In a few short years, your child can also pose in front of a whole train of SMOs and AFOs. That’s progress you can see!

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