Types of Equipment Used for Walking

The child’s posture should be as symmetrical as possible in his/her walking equipment. Whilst it may not always be possible to maintain an absolutely symmetrical posture, the therapist must ensure that the inevitable compromise between the benefits of walking and the position that can be achieved do not result in destructive postures which compromise the integrity of the child’s joints, muscles etc.

 

 

Sticks, Tripods etc

Posture Control walkers

Anterior support walkers

Therapeutic

Recreational 

Examples of commonly used walkers

 

Quest
K-walker
R82 Crocodile

Rollator

Rifton Pacer
R82 Pony
Theraplay Arrow
R82 Bronco
Leckey Atlas

David Hart
Mullholland 3
Orlau
Mey walker

Reasons for use

More able child
Independence
Self esteem
Socially acceptable

Gives child a “safety zone” e.g. in the playground.
Folds for transport
Encourages anatomically correct posture while walking
Choice of wheels – in/outdoor, fixed/swivel
Easier to access tables, play games etc
Socially acceptable – see the child not the walker

More able child with good cognitive ability
Young children who need more support than a “toddle truck” to encourage walking
Gives child a “safety zone” e.g. in the playground.
Safer or easier to use for child with visual or perceptual problems

 

Adaptable / adjustable ++
Useful to develop/improve:

  • gait pattern
  • weight-bearing
  • ability to choose
  • motivation

Independent mobility for significantly affected child
Opportunity for FUN/Play
Helps improve exercise tolerance
Useful in PE etc

Problems associated with use

 

Inclined to “scoot”
May go off feet if don’t meet indicators

May go off feet if don’t meet indicators

May have adverse affect on posture if don’t meet indicators

Unrealistic expectations of parents/carers

 

 

 

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