Excited to Walk

Topics reviewed in this article:

  • Devices to help your child walk
    • Upsee by Firefly Friends
    • Mustang by R82
  • Steps to use the Upsee
  • Skills worked on while using walking devices.
  • Areas to walk in devices
  • Recommendations
  • Contact a provider who can assist you in ordering equipment for your child.
  • Walking without a device with assistance


Devices To Help Your Child Walk

The Upsee

Savannah often walks in her Upsee, a walking device from Firefly Friends (www.fireflyfriends.com) with her physical therapist or her mom. As you can see in this photo, the Upsee includes a vest for the child, an adult waist belt with straps and shoe paddles. It comes in four different sizes, XS, S, M, and L.

Skills Worked on While Using these equipment

While using the Upsee or a gait trainer, your child works on weight bearing through her/his legs and feet, standing, walking, alternate stepping, head and torso control.

Savannah loves her Upsee and Mustang walker (gait trainer). She becomes excited every time we take her equipment out to use. I’m sure your child or someone you know with special needs would love the Upsee and the R82 Mustang too!

Steps to Use The Upsee

To put on the Upsee, your son or daughter will need their braces (AFO’s) and shoes on. Next, put the Upsee vest on your child. Then, snap the waist belt in place. The most challenging step is strapping yours and your child’s shoes while you sit on a small bench. It’s easier if you have someone help strap your feet in, but you can complete this step solo. Lastly, connect gray and black straps together. Stand up with your son or daughter and tighten all of the straps. Now begin your walk with your special one indoors or outdoors.

Areas to Walk in Devices

Savannah loves walking in her Upsee outside. We often walk on different surfaces: the driveway, street, sidewalk and the grass and walk in a variety of directions: forward, backwards,
and sideways.

Recommendations

Savannah loves her Upsee and becomes excited every time we take it out to use. I’m sure your child or someone you know with special needs would love it too! I highly recommend the Firefly Friends product, the Upsee because it gives children with special needs the abilities that they wouldn’t otherwise have.

The R82 Walker

The Mustang from R82 is another device to assist your child with special needs to walk independently. While walking in the Mustang, your child is supportive to stand and walk with minimum or no assistance. When your child is utilizing her/his walker, you as a parent have extra time to do other things. For example, you can do house chores, attend to your other children, or have some personal time.

For more information on the R82 Mustang or other products, visit the websites below:

http://www.adaptivemall.com

http://www.R82.com

Contact a Provider to Order

I highly recommend you contact a provider such as National Seating Mobility. Usually, your therapist will work with you and evaluate your child for new equipment to fit your child’s needs.

https://www.nsm-seating.com/

Walk with Caregiver

On a good day, Savannah can walk in front of me without a device. All is needed is their braces and shoes. To walk with your child, put your arms around her or his chest and under their armpits. Walking strongly without a device always is a proud moment.

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