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The idea that some children need to use wheelchairs in order to move around is a sad one. However, the fact remains that children who can't walk; this can be because of illness, birth defects, or injuries. For these kids, pediatric wheelchairs can give them the ability to interact with other children their age – because they are able to move around. Pediatric wheelchairs are built on the same principles as adult wheelchairs, but have modifications, such as smaller sizes, more support for backs and heads, and straps that keep kids from slipping from their chair. There are various types of wheelchairs that are able to be used by children, some for those who can only move slightly, and even manual types that can be wheeled by the child themselves. No matter what type of disability a child has, there is sure to be a chair that can aid their mobility.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|