The trolleys, karts and scooter boards listed in this section may enable your child to participate in floor level play, activity or therapy1. They can facilitate crawling and enable hand propulsion along the floor.1 2
Children may be positioned on these boards either sitting with their legs extended, or lying on their stomachs (also known as prone lying)1. If used whilst lying, they should support the whole of your child's body (and sometimes the legs), leaving their hands free to allow your child to propel themselves2. Some scooter boards can be used by your child on their back if the board is long enough to support their head and hips. They can then be propelled by your child pushing with their feet.2
They include features such as hand grips, waist and chest straps and positioning supports1. Pommels can be fitted to some scooter boards to keep your child's legs from pushing together.2
To ensure that the equipment is suitable, you should not consider buying these items without first consulting your child's physiotherapist.
The required length of the scooter board will vary, depending on your child's height and ability to support their legs whilst lying on their front. For example, a short board might be appropriate for a more physically able child or a small child whereas a long board might suit a larger child, or those that require more support. The height of the board needs to be sufficient to keep your child's toes from dragging on the floor.2
Scooter boards with large free-moving castors move with greater speed and are more manoeuvrable than those with small castors. Ensure that the floor is smooth, clean and free from splinters and warn your child to keep their hands and fingers away from the castors.2
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