New trike allows youngster to play outside with his family
A six-year-old boy from Winchester, who has autism and is also hypermobile, making it difficult for him to walk, has received a specialist tricycle that will allow him to ride outside with his family.
Ethan, is tall for his age and had outgrown his standard bike which he had to ride with stabilisers.
As Ethan struggles to understand braking, and is easily distracted, his parents Caroline and Tommy, decided to buy a specialist tricycle for Ethan, a pupil at Shepherds Down Special School, in Compton.
However, there was a considerable barrier to buying their son the specialist tricycle that they wanted as the one best suited to Ethan’s needs cost £2,274!
But now, thanks to Caudwell Children, Ethan now has his new tricycle.
“A friend told me about the charity,” explained 36-year-old mum, Caroline. “So I decided to apply for funding for the trike.
“The application process was really simple and I couldn’t believe it when they said that they would cover 70% of the cost, it was amazing.”
Caroline, a paediatric physiotherapist for University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, says that the specialist equipment has had an immediate impact on her son and the family. She said: “Ethan’s been out on his new trike every weekend since it arrived, and he’s hugely benefiting from it.
“He is essentially non-verbal and has profound sensory needs, and his condition means that the new tricycle will be much safer for him. Not only that it’s also spurred on his four-year-old sister, Kitty.
“She’s now off stabilisers and they’re now racing each other. This is the most interaction they’ve had in a long time. We can’t thank Caudwell Children enough!”
Mark Bushell, from Caudwell Children, says that the fitness benefits of the tricycle will be as important as the fun for Ethan. He said: “The new tricycle has been engineered to make pedalling that much easier, and soon Ethan will be able to pedal everywhere.
“The tricycle has been designed to assist physical development and rehabilitation and it will be great for building up the strength in Ethan’s legs and joints.
“Before they receive a specialist tricycle some children have lots of energy that they are unable to burn off. With this equipment they’re able to do loads of exercise without really noticing it.”
You can find out how Caudwell Children could support your child here.