Sep 27, 2012

Ainsley Rides A Trike!

I have something very special to share with you.

I think you will love it.

Words cannot describe how excited we were to see this video when Ainsley came home from school Monday. A big thanks to our nurse for taking it so we could see how far she has come. Last year she was able to pedal some, but she's gotten so much stronger. And now she is able to steer (in an open space).

We would love to buy her a special needs tricycle but they are very expensive. Even though they are "therapeutic" insurance does not pay for them. As you may have heard me mention, the company Steve worked for closed down in April. He has had a temporary contract working on Halo 4 but that ends in October and we are concerned about finances until he is permanently employed. With Ainsley's birthday coming up on October 18th, we would like to ask our family and friends who would normally buy her a gift, to consider a gift of cash toward a tricycle instead. If we can't raise enough funds we might extend our "Trike Drive" through Christmas.  I'd love someday to see her out in the driveway "riding bikes" with her brother and sister.

Until then I hope she will have a lot of opportunities to ride the school's olllld Rifton tricycle. I'd say it's time to amend her IEP, because she's got this DOWN!!!


  1. WAY TO GO AINSLEY!!!! I am soooo proud of you!!! I think it's just SOO great to be able to see how far you e came and how much you are progressing! You are just so awesome Ainsley and you continue to impress us everyday! Maybe one day Ainsley will walk without a walker right? We can only hope and pray. I did totally LOVE your post 100%!!! It's just so amazing! I wish you the best of luck with getting Ainsley her special needs tricycle. Have a great rest of the weekend :)

  2. Do you live near a university with an engineering department? Often they have courses on assistive technology or community outreach or design projects which will help local families or individuals. You could contact them and see if a team of students might be able to design and build a trike for Ainsley.