A place to show my love for my granddaughter who lives with Cerebral Palsy and my passion for painting. In an effort of raising awareness for C.P. every painting brush stroke I make on raw canvas is a stroke of love, as I discretely paint a green C.P. awareness ribbon in every piece. Can you find them?
Do you know someone who would like to have a painting done? email www.harrold.janet@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Adaptive Bikes

Looking for and finding the right bike for a child who has poor muscle tone and other related issues can be an overwhelming task. We have looked at so many for Hailey and have come up completely empty. Last spring we purchased a bike for her and then had to return it as it did not suit her specific needs, but recently Hailey has been offered an adaptive bike by another parent who Natalie networks with and we are so blessed and I hope it will be a good fit for her. After doing the necessary research, we discovered how difficult it is to find the proper bike. I was so pleased to run across this helpful article written by the Friendship Circle Blog I have listed only a few options, but to see the entire list and their links please visit their site.
Trailmate Mini Tike The Mini Tike is great for young children that have mobility challenges. The low step-through design makes access easy. The bike comes with a rear basket and additional options are available. Price: $379 Ages: 3-6 Purchase from: Trailmate
Skuut Wooden Balance Bike The Skuut is a wooden bike for children. It has no pedals and no training wheels. The Skuut is perfect for learning balance, steering, coordination and independence. Having mastered balance on the Skuut, the transition to a traditional two wheeler bike is easy. Price: $60-$70 Ages: 2-5 Purchase from: Amazon.com
Glide Bikes Glide Bikes use special balance bike technology that allows children of all needs and skill levels to quickly and easily learn how to ride a bike. The low center of gravity and ease-of-use makes it easier for children with special needs to ride a bike. Price: $100-$300 Ages: 3 & up Purchase from: Amazon.com
Fat Wheels Fat Wheels is great for adults or children with special needs who have balance issues but want to ride a bicycle. Fat Wheels come in a variety of sizes. Price: $90-$200 Ages: 4-8 Purchase from: Fat Wheels
AmTryke Therapeutic Tricycle The AM-12 AmTryke features a combination hand/foot drive. Designed to build strength and coordination for a wide range of children with disabilities. The hand /foot cycles are intended to stimulate reciprocal movement and increase range of motion. Price: $750-$900 Ages: 5-12 Purchase from: AmTryke

1 comment:

  1. Interesting post. There are so many things that most of us never think about, but every kid needs the opportunity to ride a bike, it if is at all possible.