Walking is a skill that emerges for some children before they turn a year old. And for other children, walking may not emerge until 18 months or later. Delayed walking is often a concern for parents and may warrant consultation with a physician. There are many physiological and environmental reasons for delayed walking. There may be a neurological cause or sometimes, a child may not be given an opportunity to master the skill of walking in the environment.
For children with certain clinical diagnoses, walkers & gait trainers may be beneficial to help them achieve their goals. Always check with your child's therapists before using equipment to make sure that it is appropriate. Some of the clinical diagnoses that might include but are not limited to the following: Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Gross Motor Delay, Spina Bifida, and Traumatic Brain Injury.