Thursday, April 16, 2009

Walker Trials

Today we tried out some more walkers at the Spastic Centre. It truly was a trial as Little A was NOT in the mood for co-operating.

First up we tried the Gaiter Trainer which I had hoped would be good as it is lightweight and cheap (relatively cheap anyway at around $2000). It doesn't have a bar between the legs - only a harness - which turned out to be NOT at all supportive for Miss A. She slumped down and toppled over and it didn't work at all.

Next up we tried the Mulholland Walkabout. She stood up a bit better in this one, but couldn't really manouvre it around at all.
She started out in a good position in it...



















But ended up slumped forward fairly quickly...



















Last of all we tried the Mini Walk. The physio was initially sceptical about this one, but it turned out to be reasonably easy for A to manouvre. It probably isn't quite supportive enough in that her walking position isn't ideal (according to the physio) but it is easy for her to get in and out of AND she can actually move herself forwards and backwards in it (something she hasn't been able to do in any of the others). So what do you think is most important - walking position or ease of use??? The physio obviously would choose walking position, but for me I think ease of use wins hands down. If it is too hard to put her in I know I won't use it as often as we should. Also one of the things I love about having a walker is that it gives Little A the ability to participate in play with her sisters - particularly when they are all outside together. That is why I think ease of use is so important. One (big) disadvantage is that she can't stand at a table or activity in this one as the bar / frame is in the way.

Here is a pic of her walking in it...



















So, any thoughts on what is best??? We have one more to try, the 'Kid Walker' which I think is fairly new - we are trying that one in 2 weeks time. After that I think we will make a decision.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

I know it is probably not possible, but a bit of both would be the best...support and ease of use!