How to use standing frames

Physiotherapists will advise you on the appropriate type of standing frame for your child.

Your therapist will set up the equipment, and you will be shown how to get your child safely in and out. If you are advised to hoist your child into the frame, please do so. Hoisting will help protect your back and keep your child safe. 

Then, you will be shown how to position your child within the frame, making sure they are symmetrical and aligned correctly. Moving parts need to be checked each time you use the frame, and you must tighten screws, if necessary, before your child is in the standing frame.

Make sure your child does not loosen screws or interfere with the equipment. 

Although most standing frames have wheels, they are not mobility devices. Transfer your child into their frame as close to the place you want them to stand, inside only.  

Your child should not be left unattended while using the standing frame. 

What’s the best angle for standing?

The more upright your child can tolerate, the better.  Your child will have their standing frame tilted a specific amount for a reason. 

How long should my child be in the frame?

Research suggests children can use a standing frame for 30-60 minutes at a time. However, it does depend on age, diagnosis, tolerance of standing and the benefits you hope to achieve.   

You should slowly build up the length of time your child stands. Be aware that their tolerance may depend on their mood or other factors. The activity you choose for your child while standing should be enjoyable and not too challenging.

Your child’s standing programme should be always be put together by a qualified physiotherapist. 

When should my child not stand?

Avoid standing if your child has: