Most parents of children with special needs who have difficulty walking have heard of Kaye Walkers, but navigating the alphabet soup of Kaye’s styles and sizing system can be a bit frustrating. Never fear, I’m here to help you learn your ABC’s. If a Kaye Walker is right for your child, I’ll show you how to select the right frame in 4 basic steps.
Learn your ABC’s
Think of it this way: Kaye has 2 styles of walker. Anterior provide maximum support from the front (these are less common). Posterior provide support from behind and are the most common. So let’s say you are looking at a posterior support walker, there is one decision to make here: Do you want a seat built into the walker? As you can guess, the Posture Rest has a seat and the Posture Control does not. Now for the ABC’s.
The Posture Control frame has three styles:
- “B” frame is the basic, no seat style walker in 5 sizes (1/2 thru 4)
- “C” frame is just the largest “B” frame. It is the “6th” size of the B frame
- “R” frame is a wider version of the “B” frame and is available in 3 sizes (2 thru 4) with no “C” size option
The Posture Rest frame has a seat:
- “H” frame is available in 7 sizes (1/2 thru 5) with the largest size (5) as having two styles: 5H and the slightly wider 5CH
Anterior Support walkers provide maximum support from the front:
- “Y” frame is available in 3 sizes and is used by children who require significant support to walk.
“Y” = front support (Rare)
“H” = seat
“B”, “C”, & “R” = posterior support without seat
Choose the Size
Now that you have an idea how the letters work, now you need to select a size. The handle of a Kaye walker should be even with the middle of your child’s buttocks. Each walker model has various sizes and are sized in basic number from 1/2 being the smallest for toddlers to 5 being the largest for teens and adults.
2 wheel or 4 wheel?
Two wheel walkers have wheels in the front and rubber stoppers in the back. This slows the walker down when more support is needed and prevents the walker from rolling away from the walker. For children with can handle a faster walking speed, 4 wheels are more appropriate as it allows for longer strides, more efficient walking, and a more natural walking pattern. Consider Swivel limiters on 4 wheel walkers for children who can walk fast but need some guidance keeping the walker straight.
Everyone is different. Kaye Walkers can be outfitted with hip guides, outdoor wheels, sling supports, pommels to prevent scissoring and more. Kaye also has “Walker Skins” to add a little bling to your child’s wheels.
To explore more, visit our website and see all the options and accessories available!