Pediatric Mobility

Mobility is important at any age. That’s why we work with a number of wheelchair manufacturers to make sure we can bring you the right devices to meet your needs. This can include strollers, manual wheelchairs and power wheelchairs.
While the product functions are similar to that of adult wheelchairs, pediatric wheelchairs are smaller in size and have a limited amount of growth built into the chair. So as your child grows, your child’s wheelchair can grow with him or her.

Early Mobility

Mobility can be challenging for all young children. Much like a child with full mobility learns to walk, a child with a disability must learn how to use equipment properly to guide their mobility. Doing so will not only enhance their ability to be mobile and to explore and play, but research links mobility to cognitive and social development. A RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineers Society of North America) position paper on pediatric power mobility indicates that functional, independent mobility in children with disabilities has been shown to improve cognitive and perceptual skills, reduce learned helplessness, increase confidence and increase participation with their peers in everyday activities.   

Selecting the Right Devices

There are a number of solutions that are available to young children. 

During their mobility journey, most infants and toddlers must progress along a series of devices that will get more sophisticated with time. There should be a planned course of action that, over time, provides the most optimal equipment at each stage of the child’s development. It’s important to understand that a child will have unique needs and will develop the ability to learn how to operate and adopt different devices. The anticipation and excitement children have for a new device helps them adapt to their devices relatively quickly. Our team will work with you and your child to find just the right approach.

Additional Resources

NuDigest: Early Mobility - Moving to Learn

NuDigest: Complex Rehabilitation Strollers - The Right Device for a Young Child?

NuDigest: Training Methods for Pediatric Powered Mobility

NuDigest: Addressing Parent’s Perception of Powered Mobility

NuDigest: Posture and Visual Development

NuDigest: Powered Mobility and Play

NuDigest: The Importance of Properly Programming Powered Wheelchairs