The Miniwalk II pediatric gait trainers from Meyland-Smith in is the newest model of walking supports for small children from approx. 3 to 10 years of age. The gait trainer support walking system is based on the dynamic design of the Meywalk . With each step, the spring compresses and assists with transition to swing through to the next step. It is this movement that allows for the up and down movement during gait as one transitions from heel strike, to toe-off, and through to swing through. Growth adjustments are easily made without tools, and the body posture of the child can be set in any position from vertical to 15° forward tilt, making it possible to find the body inclination that gives the child the best stepping pattern.
The handle bar of Miniwalk can be angled. It is set so the child can easily balance and stabilize her or his body - this setting is continuously variable.
Miniwalk is equipped with trunk support and seat, which can be adjusted independently of each other. They are both continuously variable with regards to height so that the gait trainer ‘grows’ with the child. Trunk support and seat supports the child and helps it to obtain an upright posture.
The Miniwalk II gait trainer adjusts quickly and easily for an exact fit every time. The Miniwalk gait trainer is suitable for indoor as well as outdoor use, and is easily adaptable within the classroom.
Many accessories are available to fit your Meywalk gait training system to the individual needs of the user.
MiniWalk Gait Trainer Specifications:
- Frame manufactured from steel tubes, powder coated.
- Components and accessories black chromium plated /electro-galvanized.
- Solid (purbane) wheels.
- Rims and front wheel forks in black hard plastic with ball bearings.
- Padding of black water-resistant foam rubber coating.
- The handle bar of Miniwalk can be angled. It is set so the child can easily balance and stabilize her or his body - this setting is continuously variable.
- Available in two sizes: Miniwalk II and Miniwalk I (for smaller children)
Dimensions: Use this Dimensions Chart to help you make the right choice for your child.
Size MiniWalk I MiniWalk II Recommended User Age
18 months - 4 years
3 - 10 years Key User Dimension: Inseam Height, Armpit Height, Trunk Width
Measure the vertical distance from the child's inseam to the floor while the user is standing upright (seat height). Measure the child's armpit to floor to confirm the trunk support height. Measure user across trunk, at armpit height, side to side in a straight line, to indicate proper ring size. Choose the Gait Trainer that allows for growth .
Important: Make sure that the chest prompt width is adequate, allowing for growth. User's weight must not exceed the maximum working load.
Seat to Groin Height (Inseam)
10.5" - 19" 14" - 25" Trunk Support Height 20" - 29" 27" - 35" Ring Size 8.25"W x 8"D 8.25"W x 8"D Rear Wheel Size 10 x 2" 10 x 2" Front Wheel Size
6 x 1.25" 6 x 1.25" Weight Capacity 90 lbs. 90 lbs. Overall Dimensions
29"L x 25.5"W
29"L x 25.5"W
Frequently Asked Questions:
How does the Miniwalk Pediatric Gait Trainer compare to other gait trainers?
When comparing other walkers to the Meywalk and Miniwalk Gait Trainers, please remember that gait is not a linear movement. As a person steps forward, the pelvis moves down in relation to the floor, allowing for heel-strike (which provides stability) and toe-off (which provides forward propulsion). The Meywalk has a unique "spring assist" system which not only allows for this movement, but also assists the user to come back up into the mid-phase of gait.
Most pediatric and adult gait trainers do not allow for this up and down movement. As a result, users must find atypical ways to elicit forward propulsion, such as "pulling through" or providing lift through their forearms.
An adult displays approximately 3.9" difference in pelvic height between the mid-phase and toe-off, and most children exhibit 1.5" - 2.5" dependent on their height.
What is the dynamic gait movement on the Miniwalk gait trainer?
The Miniwalk gait trainer moves up and down with each step, allowing the user to come down into a heel strike and toe off. As the user steps forward, the spring lifts and assists with the swing through phase of gait.
How does the Miniwalk gait trainer help develop gait pattern?
Miniwalk has springs, which make the gait trainer react to the movements of the user during gait. Thereby the child’s muscles are stimulated and the gait pattern is developed. In praxis the upper part of the frame - including seat and trunk support - follows the movements of the user thereby providing optimal support through the various phases of gait.
Does any other pediatric or adult gait trainer that you are looking at have this capability
Gait trainers are utilized with a wide variety of diagnosis, including Cerebral Palsy, Post Closed Head Injury, Post CVA, Geriatric Rehab and a variety of other disabilities when strength and equilibrium are compromised.