Special Needs Strollers

Jessica - posted on 03/23/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I am looking into getting a special needs stroller for my 5 year old. Right now we are still using an infant stroller for him, but he is outgrowing it quickly. An occupational therapist is going to come into our home and evaluate him for insurance purposes, but I am responsible for telling her what kind of chair we want for him. What has everyone else done? He can walk, but has low muscle tone and tires easily. He also has seizures that cause him to regress. For example, last week he had built up his strength to climb the stairs with help, but this week he needs to be carried up and down the stairs. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Jessica - posted on 03/24/2011

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Thanks ladies, I liked both but I took a look at the Kimba Spring and love all the options. I'm not sure what his insurance will cover.

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My 2 y.o. son received the Kid Kart Xpress through the CMS program here in Florida. It has all the features of a pediatric wheelchair, but it looks like a stroller. It's very manueverable and folds easily. I love it. It is a huge improvement over a baby stroller and the RadioFlyer wagon.

Robertagirl - posted on 03/30/2011

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There are many catalogs that have the different types of strolllers; also there are online companies you can review.
A good physical therapist should be able to advise you and there are also free used items. WE use getstuff online and people who donate will post things for people with disabilities.

Robyn - posted on 03/29/2011

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I have a swifty chair for my son who is 5 also. Insurance after much debacle did pay for it.

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I'm a big fan of the Special Tomato. You can get it at adaptivemall.com I like because it looks like a stroller and not like a wheelchair. The jogging one is nice if you go for lots of walks and good for grass, etc.

Tammy - posted on 03/29/2011

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I absolutely love our Scout Stroller. http://www.adaptivemall.com/convaidscout... My son started out with the size 12 and now is in a size 14. Ours lasted 4 years for the first one..and we are pretty rough on it. The seat has plastic rods in it that can be heated to mold if he needs that. My son has low muscle tone as well.

Jessica - posted on 03/29/2011

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Sonya, Maybe the OT will suggest a seat? This is my first experience with seating for him. His care coordinator told me to tell the therapist what I want, but I would be happy if she would just tell us what would be best! There are too many systems to pick from!

Sonya - posted on 03/29/2011

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We got a Panda stroller for our son. It lasted for ages. It comes with all kinds of accessories and folds up nicely to pack in a vehicle. It had the ability to recline the back, to adjust for a child's needs and it had a stroller hood to keep the sun off.
It didn't look like a special needs stroller, which was nice too.
It's no longer called the Panda. It was designed by Otto Bock. I think it's now called the KIWI Mobility System.
They've got info on the Otto Bock website.

And on a side note... where I come from (Canada), the OT should be recommending a device for your child, not the other way around! I can't believe that you have to do the research and figure out what you want! That's shocking to me. We go into seating clinics and they have recommendations for our children, and then we get to trial the chair for a month or so, to make sure it will work for our lifestyle.
Best of luck to you. I find the forum is a good way to find out what everyone else is doing.
I hope you get a chair that is perfect for your son.

Iridescent - posted on 03/26/2011

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Jenny, that is extremely similar to ours! Just for different countries! My daughter can also walk, but tires too easily.

Jenny - posted on 03/26/2011

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We have a Hogi Bingo special needs stroller. I love it. It looks like a beefed up regular stroller. The seat can adjust as my daughter grows. Also the seat can tilt, recline and be turned around to face backwards. It has a canopy that can come off and a basket underneath. It has adjustable shocks and nice size wheels. We take it camping and pushed it across gravel paths and on grass trails. My daughter can walk but tires easily.

Iridescent - posted on 03/23/2011

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We have an Otto Bock Kimba Spring, but they really only go up to age 9 or so and insurance may not cover another before he outgrows it. The next stage one I have bookmarked because I like the features and look for the needs we have is http://www.colourswheelchair.com/product... and much more appropriate for an older child.

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