Often times parents who are considering their first wheelchair for their very young child imagines the quick foldable chrome wheelchairs when they first hear the term. Many parents are then very excited that many “pediatric wheelchairs” are actually manufactured to resemble consumer style strollers with many similar features. Many have dozens of configuration and accessories that address positioning and mobility with very bright colors and stroller style bases. Two pediatric stroller style wheelchair that parents seem to really love are the Stingray and xPanda by R82.
The Stingray Pediatric Wheelchair and xPanda Pediatric Wheelchair (or otherwise know as adaptive strollers) are both wheelchairs designed specifically for children and distributed by parent company R82, formerly Snug Seat. Both of these wheelchairs offer unique features that can help children remain safe and comfortable in their chair as well as feel better, both emotionally and physically.
Stingray Pediatric Wheelchair/Adpative Stroller
The Stingray wheelchair is equipped with a trendy, futuristic design; it is available in a wide variety of stylish colors so that families can pick to have the wheelchair in whichever color they like best. This wheelchair features a unique carbon frame in order to ensure that it is lightweight and easily transportable so that the parents or caregivers never have to worry about not being able to go somewhere because they are in a wheelchair. The seat of the Stingray chair is comfortably padded and also features a one hundred eighty degree turning radius so that the child can be forward or rear facing without taking the child out of the seating system. The seating system comes in 2 sizes with many different types of positioning components to support the child and allow for good head and trunk control depending on their ability. Check out this video overview of the features of the Stingray.
xPanda Pediatric Wheelchair
The xPanda Pediatric Wheelchair is designed with major support and dynamic capabilities. The seat of the xPanda wheelchair is available in four different sizes in order to fit each unique child as closely as possible. Plus, it is designed in a multi-adjustable format; the seat width and depth can both be adjusted up to four inches and the back is designed with an extension component in order to accommodate the size of a growing child. The xPanda wheelchair reclines and tilts so the child can sit in different positions and at different angles completely independently. The back is dynamic allow the seat back to move with the child which is great for keeping the child in a great seated position as well as providing feedback. As we all know, children learn by being able to move. Check out these amazing features of the xPanda in these videos.
Although these chairs somewhat resemble consumer style strollers they still require a trained clinician and supplier to evaluate the child for the most appropriate size and positioning components. Keystone Mobility has qualified Assistive Technology Professionals on staff to work with physical or occupational therapists to determine the most appropriate product for the child’s unique needs. Contact us today if you would like to see one of these amazing products in person.