Friedreich’s Ataxia and Kids Wheelchairs

If your son or daughter has been recently diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia, you have a lot of questions and concerns regarding your child’s diagnosis. Due to the affect that Friedreich’s ataxia has on muscle coordination and the nervous system, your child’s doctor may recommend a kids wheelchair, so that your son or daughter can maintain independence and mobility. In addition, a kids wheelchair can give your child confidence. Read on to learn more about how a kids wheelchair can make a difference in the life of your son or daughter.

What is Friedreich’s Ataxia?

Friedreich’s ataxia, commonly referred to as FA and FRDA, is an inherited disease that causes nervous system damage and difficulties with movement. Friedreich’s ataxia usually begins during childhood and muscle coordination is lost over time. The spinal cord and peripheral nerves are affected. The brain’s cerebellum also decays, resulting in unsteady movements and impaired sensory functions. Learn more about the condition of Friedreich’s ataxia.

Kids Wheelchairs for Mobility

A complex rehab power wheelchair can make a huge difference in your child’s quality of life. A complex rehab power wheelchair is customized to meet the needs of the user, so your son or daughter can have a wheelchair that is fitted and meets his or her medical and quality-of-life needs. The Edge 3 Stretto kids wheelchair is a true pediatric power wheelchair, offering a narrower width that delivers exceptional maneuverability in small spaces. With an overall width of 20.75 inches with 12.5-inch drive wheels, the Stretto is equipped with independent SRS (Smooth Ride Suspension), which delivers a smooth and comfortable ride. Learn more about the standard features of the Edge 3 Stretto kids wheelchair.

Kids Wheelchair Accessories

There are many kids wheelchair accessories that can be added to your son or daughter’s wheelchair. In addition to the LED fender lights that come standard on the Edge 3 Stretto, you can choose to add a reflector kit to your child’s wheelchair, to increase their visibility in low-lighted areas. Consider adding a rearview mirror as well, so your child can always see cars, pedestrians or bicycles coming up behind him or her when he or she is out playing. All of these accessories are available on TRU-Balance® 3 seating system, which is compatible with the Edge 3 Stretto.


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