Walkers, Standers, Crutches & Wheelchairs for Children

Pediatric Walkers

There are many kinds of pediatric walkers. Some provide a framework for balance purposes only, while others are designed to provide almost full support for a child. Below is a list of different features a pediatric walker might offer:

  • An anterior walker (one the child pushes forward)
  • A posterior walker (one a child pulls)
  • Two-wheeled
  • Four-wheeled
  • Ratcheted wheels (to prevent a walker from moving backward)
  • Swivel wheels (to allow a child to steer a walker without picking it up to maneuver it)
  • Brakes
  • Pelvic supports
  • Trunk supports
  • Forearm supports, with or without straps to help a child hold onto the walker
  • Different gripped handles
  • Straps to help control a child’s legs
  • A seat for the child to turn around and take a rest if endurance is an issue
  • Baskets to help transport items
  • Collapsible (for transporting)
  • Height adjustability to grow with a child


Standers are equipment that provides what the name implies a place for your child to stand! They can come with a wide range of support and different options, such as:

  • Different angles your child can be positioned in, from being almost on the tummy, to standing fully upright, to lying on the back
  • Comes with straps and support systems from full support to partial support
  • Can come with a tray to provide a place to play with toys or eat
  • Can be a place to sit and work on sit to stand activities
  • Adjustability to grow with the child

Standers are used for many purposes, such as:

  • Giving your child the experience of standing through his or her legs in proper body alignment to help muscle and bone development
  • An opportunity to work on vision in a different position
  • Providing an opportunity for play and to learn in different positions
  • An opportunity to work on head and trunk control
  • Help a child gain or maintain flexibility
  • Help decrease spasticity (tight muscles)
  • Providing health benefits (such as decreasing skin breakdown by providing another position for the child to be in, it improves cardiopulmonary function, can help digestion, etc.)
  • Allow a child to interact in a more socially appropriate position in school

Pediatric Crutches

Pediatric forearm crutches are a cross between regular crutches and a cane. Instead of supporting weight just under the armpits, a child is able to get support through the forearms and hold onto a handle. Children who might use forearm crutches are:

  • Able to walk very slowly independently, but can keep up with their peers much better using forearm crutches
  • Able to walk very slowly independently, but use forearm crutches to conserve energy to do other activities
  • Have good enough balance not to use a walker, but still need support in order to walk
  • Use forearm crutches to enable them to access more environments than a walker

Pediatric Wheelchairs

There are many different kinds of pediatric wheelchairs.

Some are manual (self-propelled by the child or caregiver), while others are electric (motorized).

Typically, a physical therapist evaluates a child’s abilities, and determines how much support and what specialized equipment is needed to maximize a child’s independence. What environments a wheelchair is going to be used in also plays a role in what kind is best for the child.