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Special Needs Buggy for Autism

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterised by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication. 

It is a complex neurobehavioral condition that includes impairments in social interaction and developmental language and communication skills combined with rigid, repetitive behaviours.

There are three types of autism spectrum disorders:
  • Autistic Disorder. This is sometimes called “classic” autism. …
  • Asperger Syndrome. People with Asperger syndrome usually have milder symptoms of autistic disorder. …
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified.

Mutations in the genes associated with autism can affect how the brain develops and functions, starting well before birth. As a result choosing a special needs buggy for autism is important and should be researched properly.

Best Special buggy for children with Autism

At just over two feet in width (64cm), the HIPPO stroller is recommended for young children with autism as a means of getting about in a safe and secure manner.

The chair of the buggy is adjustable but secure, with a head rest pillow, stabilising belts, and positional refinements that can be made very easily to the seat, among its most attractive features.

The HIPPO stroller is among the buggies that feature shock absorbers in order to maximise the comfort of its users. Children who suffer from chronic neuromuscular states such as spasticity and hypertonia, or children whose muscles are affected due to brain conditions may require greater stability when it comes to moving around.

Muscle tone can be adversely affected under conditions of shock – however mild they may seem. The buggy contains the child in a manner that is both comfortable and secure. Bearing all this in mind, the HIPPO is a popular buggy of choice among the parents and carers of children with infantile cerebral palsy or meningomyelocele.

Standard equipment:

  • 5-point safety belts
  • Seat and back supports
  • Head support
  • Adjustable push handle
  • Rain cover
  • Adjustable footrest with belt. Reversible seat. Additional standard equipment:removable abduction block
  • Adjustable backrest; adjustable and folding canopy
  • Adjustable side supports; detachable and reversible seat unit (traveling face to face with the child)
  • Leg cover; pneumatic tires- front and back
  • Pump Seat width- 31cm;Seat depth- 25cm;Back rest width-31cm;Back rest height- 42cm
  • Distance from the seat to the top of head rest extension- 41-51cm;Distance from seat to foot rest(cm)21-29
  • Foot length- 14cm;
  • Maximal user’s weight- 20 kg
  • Stroller’s weight-19 kg.

Product dimensions – Unfolded [cm]:

Stroller’s height-117;Stroller’s width- 65;Stroller’s depth-113.

Product dimensions -Folded [cm]:

Stroller’s height- 55; Stroller’s width- 65; Stroller’s depth- 125.

Box dimensions: Width [cm]- 49;Length [cm]- 62;Height [cm]- 90.

 

Worthy Mention - Excel Elise Pushchair

The Excel Elise pushchair is a popular, well designed and lightweight stroller for children with autism and disabilities. It comes with a wide number of user friendly features.

It is lightweight and coupled with puncture free solid tyres that are easily manoeuvrable.  Front swivel wheels make it easy to navigate when out and about or boarding buses and trains.

The Excel Elise pushchair is specially designed as a special needs stroller that will cater for children up to 10years old or 50kg in body weight.

Some of the other built-in features include 5 point adjustable harness, adjustable footplate and parking brake.

A great lightweight purchase for parents on a budget looking for a Special Needs Buggy for Autism.

Autism - FAQs

What are the behaviours of autism?

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are often restricted, rigid, and even obsessive in their behaviours, activities, and interests. Symptoms may include: Repetitive body movements (hand flapping, rocking, spinning); moving constantly. Obsessive attachment to unusual objects (rubber bands, keys, light switches)

What is the main cause of autism?

Prenatal viral infection has been called the principal non-genetic cause of autism. Prenatal exposure to rubella or cytomegalovirus activates the mother’s immune response and may greatly increase the risk for autism in mice. Congenital rubella syndrome is the most convincing environmental cause of autism.
 

Do autistic babies cry a lot?

Babies who are born premature or have suffered birth trauma tend to have higher-pitched cries, while those with Down syndrome often make weaker, lower-pitched sounds.

Can a child grow out of autism?

Autism is usually thought to be a lifelong condition, but a small number of children lose the core symptoms and shed the diagnosis. Some researchers are beginning to explore how common this may be, and why some children outgrow autism.

What is the difference between autism and autistic?

Autism spectrum disorders, or ASD, are also called pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) because they involve delay in many areas of development. PDD or ASD is a category that includes five different disorders of development, each with differing severities and patterns. This is referred to as an Autistic Disorder.
 

What causes autism in child?

Research suggests that autism develops from a combination of genetic and non-genetic, or environmental, influences. These influences appear to increase the risk that a child will develop autism.
 

How do you avoid having a child with autism?

There is no known way of preventing having a child with an autistic disorder. You can however increase your odds of having a healthy baby through lifestyle changes: Live healthy. Have regular check-ups, eat well-balanced meals, and exercise. Make sure you have good prenatal care, and take all recommended vitamins and supplements.
 
 

How do you know when a child has autism?

An young child with ASD might:
  • Not respond to their name (the child may appear deaf)
  • Not point at objects or things of interest, or demonstrate interest.
  • Not play “pretend” games.
  • Avoid eye contact.
  • Want to be alone.