Due to the varying nature and presentation of children who present with Cerebral Palsy, the application of FES is customized to the individual client. It is important to take into account the level of activity of the child, as well as their sensitivity to the sensation of stimulation. This can be overcome by including the parents and the child in the setup sessions. FES treatment may be used to improve walking, where the application relates similarly to that of the Stroke Patient.
Should the patient not be able to walk, or is hyper-sensitive to electrical stimulation,Therapeutic Electrical Stimulation may be considered as a start.
Currently, the youngest user of FES in South Africa started when she was just short of her 3rd birthday!