Adaptive bikes offer new freedom to kids with special needs

Over 100 children with various special needs were fitted with customized bikes in Spruce Grove on Sunday.

Similarly, support for The CP Kids Adapted Bike Program in Calgary is huge. See you in Calgary on April 2, 2016. Details and registration here

“It’s amazing. The more that she can move and exercise it’s good for her muscles, it’s good for her health, it’s good for her mental health,” said Doreen Slessor, Maggie’s mom. “It’s [also] good for her self-esteem to be doing something the other kids are doing.”

Debra Clark and Amanda Anderson, CTV Edmonton March 6, 2016

You Can Ride 2, an Edmonton non-profit organization, offers a range of adaptive bikes to rent for use throughout the summer.

For Maggie Slessor, who has cerebral palsy and can’t ride a typical bike, the best part is being able to ride by herself.

Bicycle fitting day for kids with special needs took place in Spruce Grove, Alberta on Sunday, March 6, 2016.

Maggie Slessor. Special bikes for Special kids. CTV Edmonton photo

Maggie Slessor enjoying a perfect fit. Special bikes for special kids. CTV Edmonton photo

“It’s amazing. The more that she can move and exercise it’s good for her muscles, it’s good for her health, it’s good for her mental health,” said Doreen Slessor, Maggie’s mom. “It’s [also] good for her self-esteem to be doing something the other kids are doing.”

According to Doreen, with modifications a suitable bike for her daughter would cost in the neighbourhood of $1,500.

“We aren’t going to be able to buy [that type of bike] every two years because Maggie’s growing,” she explained.

The program, now in its fourth year of operation, helps ease that financial weight by allowing parents to rent and return the bikes in the fall.

According to occupational therapist, Melinda Oakman, modifications range from foot plates to back rests.

“When you see the smile on their face, that ‘hey, I can do this. I’ve got a bike and I don’t maybe need mom and dad to help me,’ that says it all,” Oakman said.

Source CTV Edmonton, CTV Calgary

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