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regulartryke.gifA serious social problem for children with disabilities is the feeling of being left out. They cannot usually participate when other kids run, jump, play or ride their bikes. This therapeutic tricycle not only gives a child freedom of movement and builds self-esteem, but it assist with muscle development and improves coordination while making exercise fun. With the AmTryke, kids have a chance to feel just like other kids.

DESIGNED FOR KIDS WITH DISABILITIES

Rotating handle bars are attached to the same chain drive as the foot pedals. This unique drive mechanism provides passive exercise to the weaker limbs. A child can use hands or feet, whichever are strongest, to propel it. Velcro straps secure the feet to the pedals while torso hip safety belts maintain the rider in the seat. A wide wheel base and narrow turning radius provides stability. Two sizes are available with adjustments that can be made to accomodate the height, weight and reach of each child.

WHICH CHILDREN WOULD BENEFIT MOST FROM THE AMTRYKE?

  • Children with low muscle tone or paralysis of lower extremities (e.g. spina bifida).
  • Children who need to build up normal muscle tone and control (e.g. cerebral palsy).
  • Children with coordination and balance problems.
For years, the AmTryke has benefited and delighted children with disabilites. It has allowed them to experience the pleasure of riding with their friends and siblings. The child's self esteem often increases, as he is no longer left out of the group activity.

Watching a child on the AmTryke for the first time as she discovers this newfound freedom and independence is truly a heart warming experience.

For more information, contact: Bruce Smith at 871-800-3967, Fax 855-827-1629

E-mail to: grapevineamtryke@gmail.com

A Brief History of the AmTryke

The Amtrykes was first developed in Longview, Texas. It took a lot of effort on the part of Longview AMBUCS members to make such an amazing devise a reality.

The Amtryke's story began in 1990 when physical therapist Sue Haywood spoke at a Longview AMBUCS meeting. During her talk, she asked the chapter to develop an idea for something to exercise a child's atrophied or weakened limbs and be fun for the child.

Consequently, Gene Allen of Longview spent several weeks of his own time and his own money in the development of the Amtryke. Allen who holds an engineering degree from Texas A&M University, was later joined by other AMBUCS members in the designing, assembling, testing and perfecting of the Amtryke.

The Amtryke helps physically challenged children in many ways because it aids in improving motor coordination, increases self-esteem and is fun for the youngster. And since its development in Longview, Texas, hundreds of free Amtrykes have been distributed to children with disabilities by AMBUCS members across the world.
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