Wizzybugs - giving children the opportunity to move independently
Professional support with your Wizzybug
- Early assessment
- Trial of powered mobility
- Training for parents and carers in how to help your child get the most out of their Wizzybug
- Training about how you can use the Wizzybug within your child's everyday environment community
- Provide coaching to family members and allied health professionals about how to progress the child’s skill of using powered mobility technology after they grow out of the Wizzybug
- Provide support when exploring long term mobility options after the Wizzybug
Benefits of your Wizzybug
Wizzybugs are safe.
Wizzybugs are quick to learn.
Wizzybugs fit in your car.
That's right - Wizzybugs are a folding electric wheelchair. We've even tested them in a Corolla. Need we say more!?
Frequently asked questions
How do I hire a Wizzybug?
Complete our online referral form to register your interest in hiring a Wizzybug.
How much does it cost to hire a Wizzybug?
We have different pricing depending on the length of hire:
Hire Length Hire Cost No. of Therapy Hours for Support
Wizzybug physiotherapy and OT specialist support
Total Cost 3 months $1,200 12 hours @ $193.99 $3,527.88 6 months $1,800 12 hours @ $193.99 $4,127.88 12 months $3,600 16 hours @ $193.99 $6,703.84
Freight is an additional cost depending on where we are transporting the Wizzybug to.
We can send you a formal quote, just complete the online referral form.
What is powered mobility?
Powered mobility includes power wheelchairs and other types of battery powered devices used by children to mobilise.
Is powered mobility safe for a child?
Yes. As with a typically developing child, children using powered mobility need to be closely supervised to ensure safety.
What age can children start exploring early powered mobility?
There are various options for exploring powered mobility and this can start as early as seven months.Current evidence has indicated that children as young as 14 months are able to use powered mobility to enhance their mobility, receptive communication and self-care skills.
Why is early mobility important?
There is extensive research supporting the benefits of early powered mobility. Powered mobility is associated with the development and acquisition of important visual, cognitive, social, and perceptual skills.Powered mobility has a positive impact on body functions such as sleep/wake cycle, affect and motivation; activity outcomes such as self-initiated activity, independent mobility, and communication; as well as participation outcomes such as play skills, social interaction, and peer relationships.Powered wheelchairs should not be treated as a last resort but be viewed as a way to support early independent mobility.
How long does it take to learn to drive powered mobility?
Any skill acquisition takes time and is variable depending on the individual and environmental circumstances. Research has found that children take approximately 12 weeks to become familiar with and use powered mobility.
Wizzybug In Action
How to Setup a Wizzybug
Wizzybugs in our fleet
Families who have been helped through our hire scheme
Would recommend the hire scheme to family and friends
Get your Wizzybug
Phone: 03 9663 6916
TTY: 03 9687 0301
Address: 49 Sun Crescent, Sunshine
To speak to us in a language other than English please call us via the Telephone Interpreter Service on 13 14 50. If you have a hearing or speech impairment, please contact us through the National Relay Service.