CHANGING LIVES, ONE FAMILY AT A TIME!

April is Autism Acceptance Month: a time to celebrate children with ‘different minds’ and to help make the UK a friendlier place for those who are affected by it.

The British Medica Association estimates that one in 100 children in the UK have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Since launching in 2023, the Team at WonderFold Wagon HQ has received countless feedback from families that have children with additional needs, including ASD and ADHD, saying how the product has, quite literally, changed their lives.

An Impressive Piece of Kit:

WonderFold Stroller Wagons are the perfect choice for parents of larger young families or children with additional needs because the product offers several features that make them suitable for a child that requires additional support, comfort and safety. They have raised seats, a wide opening, which is particularly helpful for kids who have a caregiver assisting them, high sides to make them feel safe and secure, plus a large surface area to increases stability and reduces the risk of tipping.

Despite their larger size, wagons are designed to be manoeuvrable, with swivel front all-terrain wheels and adjustable handlebars. Parents can navigate through tight spaces or around obstacles with ease, while still maintaining stability and control.

Giving Peace of Mind:

Rachel Thomson, from South Shields has a W4 Luxe for her three children Aria (4) and twins Annie & Charlotte (2). She said: “Aria has ASD with social & development delay and the twins are behind with hitting milestones (neither of them walk independently), so also suspected as having ASD. Before having a WonderFold, going out with all three children alone was impossible as Aria has no danger awareness and is prone to running off. It has enabled me to take all three children out on my own – and have confidence to do so! – where previously I wouldn’t have dared. Plus, there’s plenty of room in it for any grocery bags too.

Rachel Thomson, from South Shields has a W4 Luxe for her three children Aria (4) and twins Annie & Charlotte (2). She said: “Aria has ASD with social & development delay and the twins are behind with hitting milestones (neither of them walk independently), so also suspected as having ASD. Before having a WonderFold, going out with all three children alone was impossible as Aria has no danger awareness and is prone to running off. It has enabled me to take all three children out on my own – and have confidence to do so! – where previously I wouldn’t have dared. Plus, there’s plenty of room in it for any grocery bags too.   “I no longer feel trapped at home when I am on my own with all three kids and the weather is nice, as we can go for a wander with our wagon.” She continues: “Aria especially views it as a safe place for herself when we are out, so if she is feeling overwhelmed or overstimulated, she will indicate that she wants to go back into the wagon. For the twins, it’s a must. I anticipate that the wagon will become even more of a must, as the twins become more mobile, since we think they may also be diagnosed with ASD and there is every chance that they will also have no danger awareness and an impulse to run off, like their big sister.”

A Conversation Starter:

Because stroller wagons are still an emerging concept in the UK (not to be confused with the more traditional festival X-style, push-pull wagons often seen at festivals) their size and impressive appearance means that they’re often a conversation starter when out and about. Laura Miller, a W4 Elite owner and single mum of two from Oxfordshire said: “I’ve never been stopped as many times as I have when I’m out with our WonderFold. Everyone is in absolute awe of it, thinks it’s a great idea and wants one for themselves!”

Rachel agrees: “Aria is very content in the wagon and loves going to the park in it with her sisters. She refers to it as the ‘train’. They also enjoy the attention they get from passersby. We can’t go out without someone commenting on how great the wagon is and how they need one!”

Here to Help:
WonderFold supports by offering families with additional needs a 15 per cent discount on any WonderFold Wagon and accessories. The Team at WonderFold UK try to make the process as simple as possible. To qualify, they just need to see a copy of the documentation to let them know about the disability your child has, which hospital/trust has diagnosed them and to be signed by their doctor. They also accept a copy of any DLA you may receive. Once this has been uploaded using the online form, the team will take a look and ensure it meets our criteria.  You can find out more here: WonderFold Warriors Discount Program

The W-Range:

W4 Elite Stroller Wagon RRP: £995

The four raised, reclining and removeable seats feature a five-point safety harness, all W-Range WonderFolds are packed full of thoughtful features, including an adjustable UV canopy, plus multiple handy pockets, lots of storage room and kid-friendly zip hatch exit doors.

W4 Luxe Stroller Wagon RRP: £1,248

Perfect for parents of multiple children under 6-years, W4 Luxe is taking family outings to the next level. Featuring the addition of a Vegan Leather handle that’s adjustable to various height levels, plus a premium

W4 Luxe Stroller Wagon RRP: £1,248 Perfect for parents of multiple children under 6-years, W4 Luxe is taking family outings to the next level. Featuring the addition of a Vegan Leather handle that’s adjustable to various height levels, plus a premium suspension and XL all-terrain wheels ensure that it can be pushed and steered with ease.
‘Original’ Stroller Wagon also available. RRP: £895