Choosing a Special Needs Stander
Standing is very important to children because it has many health related advantages. First of all, it improves many aspects of physical health. Being in an upright position helps to improve blood pressure and circulation. It also stimulates proper digestion and respiration. Moreover, standing enhances bone density and corrects posture. Secondly, standing has a positive effect on mental health. Children who are able to participate in everyday activities because of a stander have better confidence and a higher self-esteem.
There are different types of pediatric standers available in our store. Each type has different properties and functions. If you want to purchase a stander, consult your doctor about the model that can fit your situation. Here’s a short description of the models that we carry.
This type of standing aids leans backward to support the back. It works for children who have little or no head control. Supine standers tilt from horizontal to vertical position and give the child complete support. Also, a caregiver can adjust the angle of the supine board according to the child’s comfort. This puts weight on the user’s legs and takes the pressure off the head.
This stander puts a child in an upright position. It provides support to the front of the body without leaning forward. Vertical stander usually has 4 points of support. Feet are fixated in one position, knees are blocked by a soft material, hips are secured by a belt or a pad, and the chest is held in place by a belt. In addition, vertical stander takes up less space that other types. Children with good head and trunk support can use this type of standers.
Prone standers lean forward providing support to the front of the body. These models usually come with an activity table. Prone standers work for children who are able to hold their head. Some prone standers can also have wheels and this turns them into mobile standers.
The main advantage of mobile standers is that they allow the child to self-propel. They can also be prone or vertical. Mobile standers have large wheels with hand grips. These models work for children with a stronger upper body who want to move around by themselves.
These special needs standers perform the functions of multiple models by changing the position. So, they can act as a supine, vertical or prone stander. Multi-position standers are more expensive but they do the job of 3 standers.