Tommy loves his quad. Some people may think it isn’t a great idea to buy a blind child a quad but it has been a total success for us. We always supervise Tommy closely and we help him steer.
He is a big fan of going in circles which helps him enjoy it more independently. I want him to have that feeling of control when he uses his quad. (Within reason of course) That’s the fun part! We just yell for him to turn or run up and give him some help. We live on a very quiet road now and that certainly helps.
Here’s a recent video of Tommy on his bike. He worked his his physical therapist, Miss Sue, on pedaling a lot last year. I think he has it!
We also got some video of him riding the Turtle at Idelwild Park this summer. Our visit started out very rocky, but this ride is what turned the tide for us that day. As soon as he got off the ride he said, “again!” He was hooked!
I talked to him throughout the ride to help him understand that the other kids are squealing with excitement and shouting because they are having fun. We even got him to try the kid’s roller coaster after describing it as a fast train. Since a train is something he understood and had experienced, it really help to give him a frame of reference. Here’s Tommy on the Turtle!
One of Tommy’s very first words was go. 🙂 He only said a couple words for months and go was one of them.