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    Hi. My name is Deb. I have 5 kids. One of them has dystonia, which is a neurological disorder that affects muscle movement. He has gone downhill quite a bit over the past several months and is now unable to walk on his own for a good portion of each day. We are having him fitted for a power wheelchair, but we need a stroller to use in the meantime and for outings for which a power chair just won't work. Can anyone recommend a fairly lightweight and portable, inexpensive stroller? He is small for an almost 7 year old (42 inches tall and 32 pounds).

    Deb ................. DH Norm
    DS Caleb, 13 ...... DS Patrick, 12
    DS Isaiah, 8 ......... DS Thomas, 7

    DD Cherish, 6....... DD Emily, 7\18\13 ....... Ripple, 17
    William, 14 weeks, 4/11/12

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    The only recommendation I can make is the Cybex Callisto. Cybex makes other models which are cheaper but I got mine on a daily deal site so it was considerably less expensive than it usually is. It has a 55lb weight capacity. At the time my son wasn't walking yet and we didn't know when he would be so I was looking for one with a higher weight capacity than the one I had. It's a great stroller, easy to maneuver and good for my DH since the handles are high and extend even higher. The site I got it from puts it out every so often and you may find it somewhere else for a reasonable price as well, it was mamabargains.com. They also make onyx and ruby models which also go to 55lbs.
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    Thanks. I don't think it will work for him. He's too tall for most infant strollers. I think we will need an adaptive stroller, anyway, for the foot support.

    Deb ................. DH Norm
    DS Caleb, 13 ...... DS Patrick, 12
    DS Isaiah, 8 ......... DS Thomas, 7

    DD Cherish, 6....... DD Emily, 7\18\13 ....... Ripple, 17
    William, 14 weeks, 4/11/12

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    We have an older Combi stroller (purchased in 2005, I think). I think my approximately 49" tall 6-year-old could use it but she'd have trouble keeping her feet on the foot rest. It's possible you guys could adjust that somehow, but if they make strollers geared towards bigger kids that'd probably be a better idea.

    I looked on amazon and they look pricey but at least one qualifies for Amazon Mom. After my trial ran out I signed up my husband. Then we bought a booster for Sam ($100) and got an additional 3 months. Then we bought another booster for the other car and got 3 more months. So if you buy it on amazon then sign up for amazon mom first. You would end up with a huge Amazon Mom membership, which gets you free Amazon Prime (streaming video, free shipping on orders less than $25, etc). Very handy.

    Then again, you might be able to get insurance to cover it.
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    First I wanted to welcome you to our group. I'm Angela. I have 2 special needs kiddos. One with mild autism and one with lots of congenital heart defects.

    I actually had to look for a stroller for my guy with they heart defects (he's 5 and only about 2 inches shorter than your guy and same weight) because he has a hard time if we go somewhere that we end up walking a lot (ie the zoo, etc.) Unfortunately I could never find anything that was large enough and cheap. Anything that was cheaper wouldn't have lasted very long and we were looking for something to last a while and that would fit in our van (SUV at the time) with limited storage space. We ended up getting this one.

    http://www.babyjogger.com/summit_xc_lp.aspx

    But it's NOT cheap. And my 41 lb, 48" tall 6 year old actually fits in it fine (I remove the canopy though). How long is it going to take to get the electric chair? I know it takes a while. If it's going to be a while it might be worth it since he'd be using it every day.

    I'm not sure that helps, but that is the option we had to go with since our insurance won't pay for anything unless they need it 24/7 or at least the majority of every day so it beat the $1000 medical grade ones.

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    Hello!
    I have a recommendation for a stroller, but it's not cheap. We have the BOBB Revolution and my 6 (almost 7) year old, 63 lbs can ride it in quite easily. It's also easy to push with him in it. He's only 46" tall but there is quite a bit of room before he's too tall for it.
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    Thanks for the warm welcome and all of the suggestions. I think I'm still leaning toward an adaptive stroller. There are some out there in the $500 range, but many of them are cumbersome and take up a lot of space when folded. I'm new to this whole thing, but I'm looking for something that is going to last him 2-3 years at least, and hopefully he will be growing in that time. There are going to be times when taking a motorized wheelchair just isn't going to work, so it will need to be something handy that we can use on a regular basis.

    Deb ................. DH Norm
    DS Caleb, 13 ...... DS Patrick, 12
    DS Isaiah, 8 ......... DS Thomas, 7

    DD Cherish, 6....... DD Emily, 7\18\13 ....... Ripple, 17
    William, 14 weeks, 4/11/12

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    That's what I like about the BCJS they literally fold by picking up a handle. They have video's on the site I posted above and I can fit it in the back of an Ford Expedition with the 3rd row in use. I did have to take off the front wheel, but again it's literally one push of a button. It has adjustable handles, goes up to 100 lbs and the seat height was a bit bigger than the BOBB (we considered that one too, but seat height was the issue) AND it's less than $500. You might be able to find a store within driving distance to test it out.

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    Just found this one too.

    http://www.adaptivemall.com/sptojo1.html

    It mentions "quick release wheels" which is what mine has. AND it's $500. Just an option and it has a free medical necessaties bag if you enter the promo code.

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    Good idea. I'll check.

    Deb ................. DH Norm
    DS Caleb, 13 ...... DS Patrick, 12
    DS Isaiah, 8 ......... DS Thomas, 7

    DD Cherish, 6....... DD Emily, 7\18\13 ....... Ripple, 17
    William, 14 weeks, 4/11/12

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