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Ottobock Kids

Children's Rehab

Children's rehab: greater mobility for children and young people

Children's rehabilitation ensures that children and adolescents with disabilities get the opportunity of active participation. With individual mobility aids adapted to the needs of each child, it maintains the quality of care and facilitates everyday life.

Customized solutions and comprehensive advice by our experts return some freedom and independence to children and adolescents.

Children's rehab

Ottobock Kids

Since 1919, Ottobock has been committed to helping people around the globe to achieve more mobility and thus more independency. Unfortunately, providing the best possible assistive devices to children and young people with disabilities has not yet become standard practice in our society. One reason for this is the complexity of the supply of aids.

To get the best possible therapeutic outcome, it is important that all persons involved in the supply chain collaborate closely from the very beginning. The provision of assistive devices starts with product development and, in further steps, includes both medical and therapeutic professionals as well as nurses and technicians. Supporting institutions such as daycare centers and schools, parents and, of course, cost bearers also play a vital role in the provision of aids.

Since children are constantly developing and, above all, still growing, children's aids should also be adjustable to grow with them, be individually adaptable and versatile. This is the only way they can fulfill their purpose and return some freedom and independence to the little heroines and heroes and their families. Ottobock supports families and users in the areas of medical care, therapy and leisure activities as well as with our large network of specialists and affected families.

Every beginning is difficult

At first, all affected families face the challenge of understanding and accepting that their child is physically impaired and that they have to overcome more and also different obstacles in everyday life than families with healthy children. In this phase, parents and relatives are often very preoccupied with themselves and quite vulnerable. They struggle with their own prejudices, doubts and fears and must first come to terms with the situation. In addition, they are confronted with numerous new challenges and contact persons: doctor's visits, hospital stays, therapists, health insurance and much more. It is not rare for adults to be overwhelmed by the challenges posed by the disability of their own child. Chin up! With the support of numerous experts, you can find your way back to everyday life even in these sometimes difficult times.

Ottobock children's electric wheelchair

The right diagnosis

The path to the right diagnosis is sometimes long and not always easy. Some disorders are difficult to diagnose because, unlike Down syndrome, for example, the impairment may not be apparent until birth. The fact that their own child will be dependent on help and perhaps mobility aids for the rest of his or her life is a big challenge for many families.

Below various diseases are listed that may lead to a disability in children. This will give you an overview of the different disease characteristics as well as of the causes and the orthopaedic solutions that can be found for your child.


Forms of therapy: What are the options?

Scientific studies have shown that the chances of optimal development increase significantly when children with disabilities are supported as early as possible, ideally during infancy, through targeted therapeutic methods. Here you can find a selection of known forms of therapy.

Mobility aids for kids

Ottobock children's assistive devices are supporting, promoting and motivating

Ottobock Skippi children's electric wheelchair

Children's wheelchairs

Wheelchairs for children have only been available for a short time. Before that, small adult wheelchairs were used. Fortunately, this has meanwhile changed for the most part. Today, there is a large number of suppliers of wheelchairs for kids. Depending on the physical limitation, a wheelchair is already useful during early childhood. If muscle strength or fine motor skills of the hands are not strong enough to use a manual wheelchair, an electric wheelchair for children is recommended. It is not possible to make a general statement about the right wheelchair for your child. As a general rule, the wheelchair should be chosen together with experienced suppliers and be adapted to the child's individual needs and his or her daily routine.

Sports & Exercise

Sports for children with disabilities

Moving and playing–children with disabilities or chronic diseases learn and discover the world just like any other child. Therefore, it is even more important that children with disabilities participate in regular gym classes as well as in sports competitions and sports festivals at school. Often, however, support and therapy determine the everyday life of a disabled or chronically ill child. In many cases, there is too little time for playful discoveries. However, all children want to pursue their curiosity and discover the world in their own way. If this is not possible, parents should take action and highlight the importance of an inclusive school program via the sports association and the school board.

Child with Ottobock prosthesis in physical education

Running Clinics

In cooperation with Heinrich Popow, gold medalist at the Paralympics in London 2012 and Rio 2016, beginners and advanced runners with amputations come together. Under the guidance of experts, they can test, practice and train their skills. The focus is not only on athletic performance: First and foremost, it is about the people and exchanging experiences.

Ottobock Running clinics
User Stories

Our little heroes.

Julius uses L300 Go and is a happy child


Julius was born prematurely with mainly right-sided infantile cerebral palsy. He is a very active child who needs support when walking and running; otherwise, he often gets stuck with the tip of his foot and stumbles.