If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know that my 9 year old son, Sam is Autistic. In fact, I have blogged our Autism journey in depth on the blog. From my first post, which outlined my toddler Autism concerns, right through to now. I’ve always tried to share an honest account, as well as things which have helped us. So with that in mind, today I am sharing why trikes are great for those with disabilities. Read on to find out how Trikes have helped Sam.

Why Trikes Are Great For Those With Disabilities

Autistic toddler on a Smart Trike

Back when Sam was a toddler, he had a Smart Trike. He loved being pushed around in it, and got a lot of pleasure from it. He never mastered peddling it himself, but still enjoyed it.

When Sam outgrew his Smart Trike, we bought him a standard bike with stabilisers, but this proved to be too unsteady for Sam to balance on.

Struggling With Stabilisers

Sam was always great with ride on toys, which were chunky and easy to balance on. He struggled with stabilisers though and would topple over if he tried to turn the handle bars. Once he was diagnosed as Autistic, we realised this probably explained at least some of the issues he had with balance.

When he started school, he spent a good deal of time on the kids Trikes during outdoor play times. Unfortunately, due to being such a tall child, Sam grew out of these pretty soon.

Why Trikes Are Great For Those With Disabilities

Autistic child riding a trike - Why Trikes Are Great For Those With Disabilities

When considering why trikes are great for those with disabilities, there are several key points:

  • Firstly, (and most obviously), cycling is a great form of exercise.
  • Additionally, cycling is a brilliant way to build up muscle strength.
  • Cycling is also great for boosting confidence.
  • Riding a Trike is a great way to allow those with degenerative conditions to maintain some independence if, for example they are no longer to manage a traditional 2 wheeled bicycle.

Finding A Trike For Big Kids And Adults

When Sam outgrew the school trikes, I went on the hunt for a larger Tricycle, which is suitable for older children with disabilities. During my search, I found Jorvik Tricycles. Their “About us” story made me realise they cared about far more than just profits…

Jorvik Trike

“When James Walker needed to find a good quality trike for his father, Stuart, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, he discovered a problem. Choice was limited, designs were outdated, and most were out of his budget.

As any family facing hardship would attest, James felt compelled to help his dad continue to do what he loves. But he was running out of options. Not willing to give up hope, he decided to take matters into his own hands. And Jorvik Tricycles was born.”

Saving Up For A Trike

After much perusal, I decided a Jorvik folding tricycle was the best option for us. I chose this one so we could store it in the shed between uses. It will also just about fit in the car. This trike isn’t cheap though, so I’ll be saving for a while. They do offer 0% interest on purchases, but I prefer to save then buy, as you never know what’s around the corner.

Meanwhile, pre Covid, I did find an amazing not for profit which gives Sam access to trikes…

Autistic child on a trike, with a huge grin on his face. Proof of Why Trikes Are Great For Those With Disabilities

Wheels For All

Sam’s carer told us about Wheels For All, which is a nationally recognised programme that embraces all children and adults with disabilities and differing needs. It allows everyone to engage in a quality cycling activity, which provides fun and stimulating cycling across the UK.

They have a range of specially adapted cycles, so the activities are both physically and mentally stimulating and above all fun for everyone involved. It’s a great way to try out a range of cycles, to see which one is best suited for your needs. (Or those of the person who wants a Trike).

Unfortunately, they can’t operate under the current Covid lockdown restrictions. However, definitely check them out if you’re reading this when we aren’t locked down.

Finally, I think we can all agree that the huge smile on the photo above is proof of why Trikes are great for those with disabilities. (PS: A moving target is always tricky to photograph, so these photos aren’t the clearest)!

 

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