Phonemic Awareness is defined as the ability to identify, hear, and work with the smallest units of sound known as phonemes. It is NOT the same as phonological awareness, instead, it is a sub-category of phonological awareness. For example, phonemic awareness is narrow, and deals only with phonemes and manipulating the individual sounds of words – such as /c/, /a/, and /t/ are the individual sounds that make up to form the word “cat”. Phonological awareness on the other hand, includes the phonemic awareness ability, and it also includes the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate larger units of sound such as rimes and onsets.
Phonemic awareness can be taught very early on, and will play a critical role in helping children learn to read and spell. While it’s not set in stone on when a child can learn to read, however, I do believe that a child that can speak is a child that can learn to read. Children as young as two years old can learn to read by developing phonemic awareness, and they can learn to read fluently. Please see a video of a 2 year old (2yr 11months) reading below.
Below are several of the most common phonemic awareness skills that are often practiced with students and young children:
Phonemic identity – being able to recognize common sounds in different words such as /p/ is the common sound for “pat”, “pick”, and “play”.
Phonemic isolation – being able to recognize the individual sounds of words such as /c/ is the beginning sound of “cat” and /t/ is the ending sound of “cat”.
Phoneme substitution – being able to change one word to another by substituting one phoneme. For example changing the /t/ in “cat” to /p/ now makes “cap”.
Word Segmenting – the parent says the word “lap”, and the child says the individual sounds: /l/, /a/, and /p/.
Oral blending – the parent says the individual sounds such as /r/, /e/, and /d/, and the child forms the word from the sounds to say “red”.
Studies have found that phonemic awareness is the best predictor of reading success in young children. Research has also found that children with a high level of phonemic awareness progress with high reading and spelling achievements; however, some children with low phonemic awareness experience difficulties in learning to read and spell. Therefore, it is important for parents to help their young children develop good phonemic awareness. 
Being able to oral blend and segment words helps children to read and spell. According to the National Reading Panel, oral blending helps children develop reading skills where printed letters are turned into sounds which combine to form words. Additionally, word segmenting helps children breakdown words into their individual sounds (phonemes), and helps children learn to spell unfamiliar words.
As a young child begins to develop and master phonemic awareness skills, they will discover an entirely new world in print and reading. You will open up their world to a whole new dimension of fun and silliness. They will be able to read books that they enjoy, develop a better understanding of the world around them through printed materials, and have a whole lot of fun by making up new nonsense words through phonemic substitutions.
For example, we taught our daughter to read at a young age – when she was a little over 2 and a half years old. Before she turned three, she would run around the house saying all types of silly words using phonemic substitution. One of her favorite was substituting the letter sound /d/ in “daddy” with the letter sound /n/. So, she would run around me in circles and repeatedly say “nanny, nanny, come do this” or “nanny, nanny, come play with me” etc… Of course, she only did this when she wanted to be silly and to make me laugh, at other times, she would of course properly refer to me as “daddy”, and not “nanny”. She is well aware of the differences between these words and is fully capable of using phonemic substitution to change any of the letters in the words to make other words.
1. Cognition. 1991 Sep;40(3):219-49. The relationship of phonemic awareness to reading acquisition: more consequence than precondition but still important. Wimmer H, Landerl K, Linortner R, Hummer P. University of Salzburg, Austria.
Learning to read at a young age is important for the development of the child. It helps them develop a better understand of their surroundings, allows them to gather information from printed materials, and provides them with a wonderful source of entertainment when they read stories and rhymes. Children develop at different rates, and some children will develop reading skills quicker than other children; however, what’s important is that as the parent, you are keenly aware of your child’s maturity and reading level to provide them with appropriate books and activities to help them improve.
As parents, you are the most important teacher for your children. You will introduce your child to books and reading. Below we have some tips to help you teach your child to read.
Teach your child alphabet letters and sounds at the same time. Studies have shown that children learn best when they are taught the letter names and letter sounds at the same time. In one study, 58 preschool children were randomly assigned to receive instructions in letter names and sounds, letter sound only, or numbers (control group). The results of this study are consistent with past research results in that it found children receiving letter name and sound instruction were most likely to learn the sounds of letters whose names included cues to their sounds. 
When teaching your child the letter sounds, have them slowly trace the letter, while saying the sound of the letter at the same time. For example, if you were teaching your child the letter “A”, you would say:
“The letter A makes the /A/ (ah) sound.”
Then have your child say the /A/ sound while tracing the letter with his or her index finger.
When teaching your child to read, always emphasize with them that the proper reading order should be from left to right, and top to bottom. To adults, this may seem so basic that anyone should know it. However, our children are not born with the knowledge that printed text should be read from left to right and top to bottom, and this is why you’ll sometimes see children reading from right to left instead – because they were never explicitly taught to read from left to right. When teaching your child how to read, always emphasize this point with them.
Teach final consonant blends first. Teaching words such “at” and “and” can lead your child directly to learning words that rhyme with these. For example, for “at”, you can have:
Lat Pat Mat Cat Sat Bat Spat Chat
For “and”, you can have these rhyming words:
Sand Band Land Hand Stand Bland Brand Grand and so on…
You can start teaching blends once your child has learned the sounds of some consonants and short vowel sounds. You don’t need to wait until your child has mastered the sounds of all the letters before teaching blends.
Learning to read is a long process, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult process. Broken down into intuitive and logical steps, a child as young as two years old can learn to read, and older children can accomplish even more.
1. J Exp Child Psychol. 2010 Apr;105(4):324-44. Epub 2010 Jan 25. Learning letter names and sounds: effects of instruction, letter type, and phonological processing skill. Piasta SB, Wagner RK. Preschool Language and Literacy Lab, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.
Phonemic Awareness is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate the individual sounds which make up words. In the past few decades, large amounts of research have improved our understanding of phonemic awareness and its importance in helping children learn to read. There are hundreds of research studies conducted on all aspects of phonemic awareness, and how it affects and benefits reading and spelling abilities of young children. The National Reading Panel of the US have stated that phonemic awareness improves children’s reading and reading comprehension, and that it also helps children to learn to spell. Based on the research and reviews done by the National Reading Panel, they have concluded that teaching phonics and phonemic awareness produces better reading results than whole language programs.
When teaching phonemic awareness, children are taught the smallest units of sound, or phonemes. During the teaching process, children are taught to focus on the phonemes, and learn to manipulate the phonemes in words. Studies have identified phonemic awareness and letter knowledge as the two best school-entry predictors of how well children will learn to read during the first 2 years of instruction. In a review of phonemic awareness research, the National Reading Panel (NRP) identified 1,962 citations, and the results of their meta-analysis were impressive as stated in the NRP publication:
Overall, the findings showed that teaching children to manipulate phonemes in words was highly effective under a variety of teaching conditions with a variety of learners across a range of grade and age levels and that teaching phonemic awareness to children significantly improves their reading more than instruction that lacks any attention to phonemic awareness (PA).
Specifically, the results of the experimental studies led the Panel to conclude that PA training was the cause of improvement in students’ phonemic awareness, reading, and spelling following training. The findings were replicated repeatedly across multiple experiments and thus provide converging evidence for causal claims. 
As can be clearly seen, teaching children phonemic awareness early on significantly improves their reading and spelling abilities. Furthermore, the NRP research stated that these beneficial effects of phonemic awareness teaching goes well beyond the end of training period. The NRP phonemic awareness research also found that the most effective teaching method was to systematically teach children to manipulate phonemes with letters, and teaching children in small groups.
Phonemic awareness (PA) teaching provides children with an essential foundation of the alphabet system, and a foundation in reading and spelling. The NRP has stated that PA instructions is a necessary instructional component within a complete reading program.
Below are two other studies done on phonemic awareness, and its effects on reading abilities. In a study involving children aged 6 to 7 years old, researchers found that the few readers at the beginning of grade one exhibited high phonemic awareness scored at least close to perfect in the vowel substitution task, compared to none in children of the same age group who could not read when they entered school. The research also stated that phonemic awareness differences before instruction predicted the accuracy of alphabetic reading and spelling at the end of grade one independent from IQ. Children with high phonemic awareness at the start of grade one had high reading and spelling achievements at the end of grade one; however, some of the children with low phonemic awareness had difficulties learning to read and spell. The study suggested that phonemic awareness is the critical variable for the progress in learning to read. 
Another study looked at phonemic awareness and emergent literacy skills of 42 children with an average age of 5 years and 7 months. The researchers indicated that relations between phonemic awareness and spelling skills are bidirectional where phonemic awareness improved spelling skills, and spelling influenced the growth in phonemic skills. 
It is clear that with the conclusions made by the National Reading Panel and other research studies on the benefits of phonemic awareness, children should be taught PA at a young age before entering school. This helps them build a strong foundation for learning to read and spell.
1. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. (2000). Report of the National Reading Panel. Teaching children to read: An evidence-based assessment of the scientific research literature on reading and its implications for reading instruction (NIH Publication No. 00-4769). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.
2. Cognition. 1991 Sep;40(3):219-49. The relationship of phonemic awareness to reading acquisition: more consequence than precondition but still important. Wimmer H, Landerl K, Linortner R, Hummer P. University of Salzburg, Austria.
3. Exp Child Psychol. 2002 Jun;82(2):93-115. Emergent literacy skills and training time uniquely predict variability in responses to phonemic awareness training in disadvantaged kindergartners. Hecht SA, Close L.
I’d like to share with you an interesting case study of how 2 sisters (a 3 year old and a 5 year old) learned to read in just 4 months – both learned to read using the Children Learning Reading program. They attended the summer reading camp operated by the program’s creator, Jim Yang.
Jim has been teaching kids – and teaching parents how to teach their kids – to read for quite some time. During the summer months, he runs a reading camp teaching many children to read. most of the the children he teaches are 4 to 7 years old, with the occasional 3 year old or 8 year olds who are having reading difficulties.
To complete both stages of the reading camp, it typically takes about 4 months – attending 3 times a week and each session is 1 hour long.
This case study is about 2 little girls (sisters) that attended the reading camp. When they started (June), the older sister P. S. was 5 years 4 months, and the younger sister A. S. was just 2 years 11 months old. Probably most reading teachers would not even consider working with a 2 year old – since when can a 2 year old learn to read!?!
Well, no problem for Jim, as he had taught all of his own children to read by age 3. So when their mom asked if she could bring her almost 3 year old, Jim said: “sure, why not? I’ll have both of them reading for you in a few months.” Certainly, she had a healthy degree of skepticism.
So by the end of 4 months, after completing the Children Learning Reading program, her older daughter was reading at a grade 2 level (reading age 7.3 years), and her younger daughter was reading at a grade 1 level (reading age 6.8 years). I can’t embed videos in emails, so please head over to Jim’s website, scroll down, and watch the short video posted under “Success Story #3”. There, you see just how well her older daughter was reading by the end of 4 months, plus follow-up videos several months and one year later showing their amazing progress.
At the start of the reading camp, there is a quick reading assessment. The younger girl A. S. did not need an assessment as being just 2 year 11 months old, she did not know any letters or sounds, yet. The older sister P. S. knew most of the alphabet letter names and “sounds”, but she was pronouncing some of the sounds incorrectly.
No surprises there, as almost every single child that attends the reading camp are taught many phonemes incorrectly (!!), either at preschool or in Kindergarten. Such is the state of our education system.
Learning to Read
Being 3 years apart, there’s a big difference in how quickly the older sister will learn compared to her younger sister. They start off with the Children Learning Reading program as usual, except after a few lessons, adjustments were made to accommodate for the different learning paces of the older sister and the younger sister.
This system of teaching reading is a unique combination of synthetic phonics with phonemic awareness that produces amazing results in children of all ages. Obviously, one of the initial goals was to REALLY correct the incorrect sounds the older sister had learned in pre-school! She was starting kindergarten in September. After just the first week, the older sister P. S. caught on and was doing great with phonemic awareness activities such as blending and segmenting. Little A. S., being a lot younger, took about 2.5 weeks before she started catching on.
With such a logical and sequential order of learning, the results are always phenomenal, and parents are almost always flabbergasted at what can be accomplished in just 3 to 4 months.
By week 4, the older P. S. was already reading simple, short, decodable sentences, and the younger A. S. (just turned 3 now) is able to phonetically read many many words. After 2 months, every time they came to their lessons, their mom (always with a big smile) was always telling stories about how the 2 of them are reading everywhere they go!
After 3 months – at about 3/4 way through completing the reading program – the older sister P. S. was already reading simple, short stories independently. Little A. S. (now 3) could also read (phonetically) an amazing amount of words, sentences, and even some very simple short stories. Keep in mind she just turned 3. At 3 months is when their reading abilities really took off, and their mom just could not believe the type of results she was seeing in her children – she kept on saying that she did not think this was even remotely possible.
Indeed, it is. You just have to have the right techniques and methods when it comes to teaching reading, and one of Jim’s favorite comments he received about his teaching methods is that:
“It totally de-mystifies reading.”
The girls completed the reading camp by end of September, and their mom said it was unbelievable how far ahead both of her daughters were compared to other kids. In the video (see success story #3), you can see just how well P. S. was reading by the end of 4 months.
Teaching reading is something that Jim does extremely well. While you and your child may not live in the same city (or even country) as him to attend his classes, his Children Learning Reading program is available for parents to purchase online. Thousands of parents have used his methods to successfully teach their children to read with amazing results.
Here’s what their mom had to say about their experience:
My children loved the program and so did I. I am extremely pleased with the results. My children started the program at 2 years 11 months and 5 years 4 months with Jim, and neither child was reading before the program. My children loved the program, and Jim is an excellent teacher. After 4 months, my 3 year old is reading at a grade 1 level, and my 5 year old is at a grade 2 – 3 level. I never expected such amazing results.
Jim’s program takes the mystery out of teaching children how to read. It is so well organized that any child can learn to read with it. The outcome exceeded my expectations. At the start of the program, I thought my 3 year old might learn some letters and my 5 year old would learn some words, but after completing the program in 4 months, my 3 year old could read long sentences and simple short stories, and my 5 year old could read level 2 books on her own.
Sometimes, just living with a two-year-old is challenging enough without adding more mayhem to the mix. As parents, though, we want to give our children the best start in life we can, regardless of how difficult it might be. Maybe you’ve studied up on how important early childhood education is and have decided you want to teach your 2-year-old to read. So did I. And…I did!
Be warned that you’ll probably encounter some of the same reactions I did: “Are you crazy?” and “Two-year-olds can’t learn to read.”
Rest assured that yes, 2 year olds can be taught to read. The trick is learning how to teach them.
Why Teach Your 2-Year-Old to Read?
I’m sure you’ve noticed – two-year-olds are all over the place. They are into everything. But did you know their little brains are busy too? According to a 1997 study1, the brain of a two-year-old is as active as an adult is. By age three, their minds are twice as active as an adult’s. You might say the brain of a two-year-old is fertile ground just waiting for seeds to be planted.
National Education Association studies have proven that reading to your child of any age is one of the best ways you can boost the likelihood they will succeed academically. When you teach your child to read, the chances are even higher that they will excel in school and after that as well.
Why teach your 2-year-old to read? When the signs are all there that your little one is ready and able to learn, why wouldn’t you?
Is My 2 Year Old Ready to Read?
No two children are the same, especially two-year-olds. While one toddler might be recognizing letters as early as one year of age, some three and four-year-olds are far too preoccupied or unfocused to do so. If your two-year-old is soaking it all in when you read to them and is interacting by pointing out words, letters, or even pictures, odds are they are ready to take being read to on to the next level – to do the reading themselves. After all, just in case you haven’t noticed, that’s being two is all about doing things on their own.
No matter what age your child is, teaching them to read is a commitment. It requires time and patience. You’ll need to be willing and able to set aside a portion of quality time regularly. Brushing up (or learning) some basic reading techniques, like phonics and coding, is optimal. Teaching your two-year-old doesn’t happen magically, but it is magical when you do.
How to Teach Your 2-Year-Old to Read
Teaching a child of any age to read takes a little preparedness. Since two-year-olds are from a different planet entirely, you may want to spend a little extra time getting in the right place, both mentally and physically. Here are some terrific tips:
Setting the Stage
Many people are skeptics when it comes even to believe that a two-year-old can read; a good number of parents don’t prepare their children for reading until their children are older. By leading the way and developing the path, however, it is very likely your little one will naturally follow along.
Lead Up to Lessons
From the time my daughter was born, I began to lead up to the day I (or someone) would teach her to read. I read to her for 10-15 minutes every day in a way that involved her. Reading to her was always an interactive experience – I asked questions, made comments, and made story time fun.
I also made sure to expose her to plenty of writing. I often showed her the wooden letters on her bedroom wall that spelled out her name and told her what each of the letters was and what they spelled. We made word games out of most everything we did together like spelling out words onto brightly colored sticky notes and placing them on coordinating objects like “doll,” “book,” and even on the “dog.”
Words became fun and familiar, and when that happens, the scene was correctly set for my child to read and it will be for yours too.
Keep Your Child in the Loop
Communication is vital when it comes to teaching your child anything. Get your child excited by letting them know they are going to learn to read. Tell them when and how too. You know a two-year-old wants to know all the details!
Do What You Need to Do
You can’t give out what you do not have. Just keeping track of a two-year-old can be mentally and physically exhausting, much less adding on the task of teaching your child to read. Be sure you are getting some good “me” time in. Get a manicure. Treat yourself to a cappuccino. Take a nap. Do whatever it is you do for you and then. You’ll be refueled and ready to roll.
Don’t Be Afraid to Reach Out
If you are a teacher, chances are you’ve got the reading thing down and don’t need any assistance. But those of us who don’t often need a little help. Some of us need a lot of support!
Don’t be afraid to ask a friend who has taught their child to read for pointers or to go online to find out how others mastered the plan. If you are considering using an early childhood reading program in your venture, don’t feel bad.
There are some great ones out there that can work wonders for teaching even two-year-olds to read. Do your research, reach out if you feel the need, and do whatever you find necessary or helpful to teach your little one to read.
Two-year-olds can be very head-strong. Five years down the road, this attribute can be a good thing (ok, let’s give it ten). The less you focus on the trials of the moment and look toward the future, the more encouraged you will be. Who knows what all your labor of love might bring to the life of your child in the days to come.
Lights, Camera, Action
With everything in place, you and your child are set up for success. Here are some easy steps to teach your child to read.
Two-year-olds love familiar things. The more you can have reading lesson time at the same time in the same place, the better. It’s even okay to use the same book for a while.
Sound out the words with your child while showing them the letters.
Using phonics and coding together is very useful. Be sure not to do all the work yourself. Interaction is the name of the game.
Two-year-olds have a short attention span. Keep lesson time simple and keep the time short. When your little one loses focus, you’ll know the class is over. Unrealistic expectations shouldn’t be placed on a youngster.
By doing so, you could be setting your child up for failure rather than success. Fear and disappointment spur learning blocks. Praise encourages success.
Two-year-olds love to have fun. Anything can be made fun so be sure their first exposure to reading is sheer joy. Lots of laughter is undoubtedly in order because learning to read is loads of fun when you make it that way.
Fidgeting is as essential for a two-year-old to do as breathing is. They will wiggle and scoot and run off for a minute only to return to wiggle some more. You’ll need to get on their level to meet them where they are.
It’s alright for your child to move around, to ask questions, and to learn however they naturally need to. When learning to read it’s ok for a two-year-old to be a two-year-old.
After repetitively being shown letters and words and being taught to sound out and recognize the words and letters, your little one will begin to repeat the words. Then, they will most likely start to read the words before them.
Some of this can be their sharp memory skills in motion. You’ll be tempted, like I was, to think it is only from memory. But, here is the real test the finale.
Give your child a fresh, new book. At first, your child may panic. Something is different, and two-year-olds don’t always like change. Once they warm up though, wait for it, wait for it, boom!
When your two-year-old begins to read words he or she has never seen or heard before, you will know that you know your child can read. And you are the one that has taught them. Get out the tissues!
Plan that outing at the park or whatever it is your child loves to do. A celebration is in order!
And they said it wasn’t possible. Well, I am here to tell you it can be. Two-year-olds can, indeed, learn to read. Mine did, and yours can learn too.
“The End” is Just the Beginning
There is nothing like hearing your very own child read through an entire book to hear the most precious words ever, “The end.” Teaching your two-year-old to read is a reward like none other. Don’t stop there though. It is essential for your child to read regularly, every day if possible.
Bump the difficulty level up a notch now and then. Challenge your child. Most importantly of all, give both yourself and your two-year-old a big pat on the back for a most excellent job done. Now, it’s time for the next chapter.
Setting your child up to succeed in life is what good parenting is all about. It is a proven fact that early literacy is one of the best ways to prepare your child prepared for what lies ahead in the real world. Imagine it will make in your child’s self-confidence when she or he has a head start in reading.
Early childhood reading programs give your child a priceless boost. According to a 1985 report by the National Commission On Reading, the number one most important factor that influences the early educational success of a child is introducing books at home before starting school. Teaching your child to actually do the reading bumps his or her chances for success up even further.
There’s just one problem. Not every parent is a teacher and in fact, many of us are far from it. The majority of parents don’t just need a great early reading program; we need one that is simple to teach too.
And so…my quest began to find an early childhood reading program that catered to both the child and the parent which, in this case, is the student and the teacher. It turned out to be a pretty tall order but I did finally find one that aced the challenge.
This program lays it all on the line in a logical, applicable way with no time-consuming, confusing “stuff” to filter through.
Within the program, the 50 step-by-step lessons are a breeze to use and also are amazingly useful. Phonemic awareness and synthetic phonics are creatively combined and implemented in an extremely effective method that gets the task done. You will be able to teach your child to read – I did.
Although there are a number of good early childhood reading programs, some important features pushed the Children Learning Reading Program to the top of my list. Here are a few things I found very valuable:
As mentioned before, the simplicity of this program was what initially sold me. I am quite awkward when attempting to formally teach my child because I’m well aware that being a teacher was not my calling. This program makes it natural and easy to teach though.
Another great thing about this program is that it works. And – it works well. I watched the videos on the site and knew it worked for other children, but when my child began to read, I’ve got to admit I got teary eyed.
Like many parents these days, I have a full-time job outside the house and another full-time job when I get home. Unfortunately, I don’t have much time to devote to teaching my child to read. Fortunately, this program comes in the form of an instant download and only requires 10-15 minutes a day. Some are just 3-5 minutes. Seriously, how convenient is that?
This system accommodates children as young as two years old up to early elementary age. For some, this is a useful feature because if you purchase the program and life suddenly gets busy and you have to put the lessons off for a time, your child will not outgrow it. In my case, it meant I could use this one program for two of my children. That was a perfect fit for this multi-tasking mom, and it made it even more affordable.
So I’m a sucker when it comes to getting the biggest bang for my bucks. This program also comes with a Children’s Favorite Nursery Rhyme book which contains 35 children’s nursery rhymes. A collection of mp3 audios are also included that correctly pronounce the words in the reading lessons so that the guesswork is taken out and your child is sure of the proper sounds.
I found this program to be one of the most reasonably priced ones on the market. Most others ranged from a few hundred to entirely ridiculous prices. You get your choice of the budget (standard) package or the premium package which makes it affordable for all. There are no hidden fees or recurring charges with the Children Learning Reading set-up which I appreciate. It’s a one-time, very affordable payment.
User and Parent-Friendly
Not only am I not a teacher, but I’m also not a computer whiz either. I’m a little handicapped in that area. I was very relieved that this course did not require any special skills in the teaching department or computer knowledge. To be completely transparent at the risk of looking less than brilliant, I was not taught phonics as a child. At the time I learned to read, the school used other methods. Fortunately, I did not need to know phonics or anything else the lessons entailed. And guess what? I learned right along with my child (both of them!).
Some testimonials and even videos are available that tell of the success of this program. I read and watched them all, and they eased my mind as I decided to purchase it. I must add that no matter how many studies, testimonials, and reviews I read, experiencing my child learning to read was proof beyond proof that this method works.
I have kids and thus…I have enough stuff in my house without adding to the pile. Thankfully, this program is all done online and doesn’t involve DVDs to keep up with. I mainly have enjoyed not having to spend time hunting down anything to get right on to lesson time. There are audio CDs, but those are just icing on the cake and not required for the lessons.
I’m a skeptic when it comes to committing to a purchase, especially online. The Children Learning Program includes a 60-day (no questions asked) unconditional money back guarantee though. I happen to love this program but everyone is different, but if you don’t, you can always get a refund which is security I have come to watch for in any product. There are several payment options. I like using PayPal because you get a double-layer of buying protection.
Internet Connection Required
Worth noting is that this program does operate online. You’ll need an internet connection and access to a device such as a laptop or a tablet.
It Takes A Minute Or Two Of Time And Effort
The only other downside to this program is that it’s not magic. You do have to invest some time and effort into it as does your child. The fact that the time and energy required is very minimal makes it completely doable though.
Summing Up Our Children Learning Reading Review
There are a number of good early childhood reading programs on the market. They all have their good and not-so-good points. When it came down to what my child needed in a program AND what I needed from one to make it happen, the Children Learning Reading Program was the clear winner for me.
A walker is one of those things you don’t think much about…until the time comes you need one. Being able to walk and get around is just something we all tend to take for granted. Then, a walker, especially for seniors, becomes extremely important. It will be what keeps you, or your loved one, as independent as possible.
According to a Statistics for Mobility Awareness Month study, over 6 million people in the United States and Canada have mobility issues. Odds are, one day, you or a loved one will require some form of help to get around. Fortunately, there have been monumental advances in mobility devices.
There are many types of walkers for seniors. Walkers with seats are called rollators. Three-wheeled seated walkers are generally used by those who need a little more assistance than a walking stick or cane. Four-wheeled versions offer additional stability for those who need more support.
Seated walkers have an extra measure of safety and convenience because you can sit down and take a breather when walking gets to be too much. This helps if you are feeling faint or tired.
Additionally, these types of walkers make it easier to cover more ground at a faster pace. The seat also allows those with more advanced mobility issues with retaining their independence longer. Having the option to sit is essential when getting around with a traditional walker might be out of the question.
What are the best walkers for seniors with seats?
There is a myriad of shapes, sizes, and designs. Most come with comfy seats although some are more padded than others. The majority also include hand brakes. There are tons of special features available. The one that is best for you depends on your individual needs and preferences.
Types of Walkers with Seats
A quick look at some of the different makes of seated walkers will help you decide which one suits your situation.
4-Wheel Senior Walkers with Seats
The Hugo Elite Rollator with Seat is one of the most versatile 4-wheel senior walkers on the market. It is very sturdy, supporting up to 300 pounds. It also folds up nice and easy. It has a super comfortable backrest and a thick cushioned padded seat. It even has a hidden storage area where you can stow your valuables away for safe keeping.
The hand grips are ergonomic, and the handles are adjustable, so it accommodates people of all heights. The wheels are a nice 8 inches, so it’s not going to tip over on you.
If you’re looking for an economical, basic 4-wheel seated walker, the Drive Medical Four Wheel Walker Rollator is easy on the pocketbook but is stellar in style. It is a comfortable ride with a fold-up, fully removable back support, and a nice padded seat.
It is a reliable model that is well-constructed with 7.5-inch casters. There’s even a basket for your belongings. This walker is surprisingly lightweight and easy to fold and store.
The Vive Folding Rollator Walker is a premium seated walker that has superior stability and support. It’s also amazingly lightweight. It holds up to 300 pounds and has sturdy 8-inch wheels. The frame is made from long-lasting, corrosion-resistant aluminum.
You wouldn’t expect such a durable walker to fold up so quickly but this one sure does. The front wheels can be removed to make it even more compact to store. It has a lot of storage space in a detachable bag and a cane holder too. This model comes with a lifetime unconditional guarantee.
3-Wheel Walkers For Seniors with Seats
If a little more balance than a cane or traditional style walker is what you need, a 3-wheeler might be the perfect solution. Three-wheel walkers are everywhere but finding one with a seat is a bit tricky. Even if your mobility handicap is minor, having a seat is priceless.
Turn sharper corners with ease
Squeeze through tighter spaces
The seats are typically not as cushioned
Many don’t have any real storage space
The Health Line Compact Rollator is a 3-wheel version with a seat and a lot more. This moderately-priced Euro-style walker folds up in a matter of minutes and weighs in at just 18 pounds. This gem comes in fire engine red and has an upgraded aluminum frame that can handle up to 300 pounds. It has a super comfortable 18.1”x 9.8” cushioned seat, a luxury backrest and has ergonomic adjustable handles.
The Goplus Folding Rollator Walker comes in 3 or 4 versions. Like the Health Line Compact Roller, it’s moderately priced and is super easy to fold and unfold, transport, and store. It has a wide padded seat and supports up to 300 pounds. It also comes with a handy basket for carrying your groceries or other goodies. A nice feature of this walker is that the width is adjustable so you can fit through those tight spots. You have your choice of solid back or stylish black and red.
Bariatric Senior Walkers with Seats
Who says just because you are packing a few extra pounds and have mobility issues that you can’t still live large? If you’re worried about a walker holding your weight, here are some that can handle the calling.
The Medline Heavy Duty Walker with Seat is an excellent choice for plus-sized individuals. This walker has the added security of a heavy-duty steel frame. It’s built extra-large and supports up to 500 pounds. This chair sports sturdy 8-inch wheels with reinforced spokes, so it boogies across even the roughest terrains. Even with all the heavy-duty trimmings, it’s still a cinch to fold up flat and store.
It also has a reinforced frame and super strong wheel support. At around 19.5 pounds, it’s slightly heavier than most walkers, and might not fit through narrow doors.
The 8” wheels are rubber so they grip well and shouldn’t scratch your hardwood floors or scrape up your tile. This model has an ergonomic backrest plus a 15”, high-density foam padded seat, so you’ll have a smooth and comfortable ride.
Transport Chair Walker
A transport chair walker is ideal for those who have a little more difficulty with mobility and risk giving out mid-way on a stroll. This type of chair walker gives the option of being pushed by a caregiver.
The Vive Transport Wheelchair Walker is a wheelchair that allows you to walk behind it while holding onto the ergonomic handles. If you get tired, this chair is waiting in all its glory. It comfortably seats 300 pounds and has a 19 inch fully padded seat, a cushioned backrest, and armrests too. This chair is built tough with 12-inch tires.
Even with all the durable features, it folds down flat and is very easy to transport and store. Topping it all off is a lifetime guarantee.
When you get tired of walking, not only can you sit in the Handiy Old Man Shopping Cart, you can relax and let someone else push you. This model is top-notch with a stylish black leather sponge pad that allows your hands to breathe while guiding and a cushioned seat and backrest. It has an armrest that adjusts to three different heights for ultimate comfort. The wheels are strong and stable with an adjustment design of 360 degrees. The construction is superb – extremely sturdy. Since it is aluminum, it’s lightweight and easy to fold up, store, and transport.
Fabulous Features Available
Walkers have become state-of-the-art in the features they offer these days. Here are a few of the available features:
Lightweight and Foldable Walkers
Gone are the days when you practically had to pull a trailer to take your walker with you. If you want to pack your walker up and take it along, no problem with these lightweight, easily transportable seated walkers.
Go, granny, go! The Medline Posh Premium Lightweight Walker with Seatcomes in a zebra print with pink accents. It is excellent for those who have had surgery or need a little help getting from here to there. It holds 250 pounds and folds up like a dream. This walker makes a statement. You may require a walker, but you’re still strutting your stuff.
Another lightweight option that’s a bit more toned down in looks, but still an excellent walker is the Super Light Rollator. Weighing in at a mere 13.5 pounds, the Super Light Rollator easily adjusts from standard to junior in height. It has 6-inch caster wheels that are ready to roll.
Walkers for Rough and Rocky Terrain
You can’t get any more rough and rugged in a walker than the Volaris All-Terrain Walker. While the price tag is considerably more than other walkers, the fact that you won’t be stuck in the mud or take a tumble in the rocks is priceless. This wide model has 10-inch tires that are guaranteed to get you through the toughest terrain. It has a weight limit of 525 pounds and is built to last with top-quality, extremely durable construction. This walker goes right up on curbs and glides over gravel and rocks. Even with all the sturdiness, it folds right up and is very lightweight for storing and transporting.
For those who want all the trimmings, or at least a few, you’ll find there’s a wide array of extra accessories you can get with a walker.
Who can get enough padding? If you like to sit in the lap of luxury, you’ll be happy to know that the DMI Padded Seat can be added on to most walker seats for optimal comfort. It’s made of high-quality poly-foam and has a removable zipper cover. The measurements are 16″W x 18″D x 3″H.
It’s a lot easier and safer to walk behind your walker when you aren’t carrying anything. The Drive Medical Walker Basket is constructed of sturdy wire so that it won’t easily break. There’s a plastic insert tray, and cup holder included.
You need to take a drink with you when you walk. The Drive Medical Universal Cup Holder conveniently fits onto almost any walker so you can carry a bottled or canned drink or even your special cup or glass.
If you like to take your “stuff” wherever you go, here’s a great solution – theVive Universal Tote Rollator Bag. It not only stores things, it organizes them so you can find what you’re looking for when you need it.
Talking the Walk
Finding the best walkers with seats for seniors can be a daunting task. It’s not that variety is lacking. It’s the fact that there are so many to choose from; the process can be confusing and downright exhausting.
From sleek and stylish designs with top-of-the-line, premium materials to hardy reinforced frames that can handle the extra weight and bumpy terrains, you are sure to find the ideal walker out there.
You have to know what you are looking for to choose from the multitude of walkers.
Facing the facts, nobody wants to be on a walker. If we had things our way, we’d stay mobile (and young) forever. But, life isn’t perfect and eventually, most people who are fortunate to live long enough will need some help getting around.
Luckily, those who do require a walker now have incredibly impressive options. What’s important is that we all get where we are going, by whatever means we can, and that along the way, we enjoy the ride!
A Little Background on the Author
I’m not that old – just the right age to be a grandma, but young enough to rock and I don’t mean in a rocking chair. I’m not even a senior yet.
It all began when I worked about 14 hours a day. I wrote books and had a full-time freelance writing business plus cleaned houses and businesses on the side. I also had a job as a kennel technician at a local rural veterinary clinic.
I slept in shifts and spent time with my young grandkids as often as possible. Oh, my dog made sure I took him on long walks every day.
One day while on my way to clean a vast house nestled in the mountains near Telluride, Colorado, my heart began to flutter. Then, it started to race. I completed a 5-hour clean and still…my pulse was pounding.
After 8 hours or so, I was back to normal…except for one thing. I was limping. I was falling. For someone who used to be a gymnast, it was entirely out of character and was unsettling.
I went to a chiropractor only to find out the issue was with my gait. I took MRIs. My results showed I did not have a stroke (I still wonder about that diagnosis). I had what is called “Spinal Stenosis” but with complications.
The doctors told me the nerves in my spine were in the process of being strangled by calcification, and the damage was permanent.
Five years later, I still walk with quite a limp. I fall sometimes. I’m still not a senior, but I have a condition that is indeed consistent with one. I don’t walk with a walker, yet.
Six years ago, I would not have paid much attention to what walkers have to offer. Now I do. I’ll put off using a walker as long as I realistically can.
You may be doing the same or may have in the past. The bright side is that when that day comes, and most likely it will, there will be a fabulous walker waiting with all the bells and whistles.
Life is a journey, and I intend to take in all the beauty of it, even if it’s from the seat of a walker.