Adapted Battery-Powered Tricycle
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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide a child with multiple disabilities, including cerebral palsy and lung disease, with a means of independent mobility. In consultation with the child’s therapists, a battery-powered Wind Rider tricycle was purchased and custom-modified to the child’s needs. First the existing foot switch was replaced with a hand switch. A control was also added that enables family members to regulate the maximum speed of the bike and limit the rate of acceleration. The socket for the hand switch was added in front of the cycle’s tank rather than on the control board, enabling the hand switch to be disconnected and replaced with a button switch on a cable if needed. The seat was also modified by cutting a slot in the existing seat and mounting a swing seat with a pelvic support belt and a chest support strap. Foot support blocks with medium foot cups were mounted to the existing footplates. The hand switch was mounted on the right handlebar in the reverse position, enabling the user to operate the cycle by pushing the lever rather than squeezing it. The final adaptation was to add a cage behind the seat for an oxygen bottle. DIMENSIONS: The foot support blocks were mounted at 170 millimeters below the seat plate. TITLE: All in the Family. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 25, Number 4, Summer 2005. PAGES: 12-14. Number of pages: 4 (including cover).