Adapted from the classic flying turtle, the Exer-Rider® was designed by a pediatric physical therapist for those with special needs. Moving handles back and forth propels the rider. This inviting Exer-Rider® works well with children who have upper body strength and mobility but who also have lower extremity weakness and/or paralysis such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida and muscular dystrophy. The Exer-Rider® brings the benefits of physical activity to children with physical disabilities.
- Children can exercise their arms and upper body as they ride. Elbow flexion and extension are also increased.
- Balance skills are enhanced on the rider.
- Riding on the Exer-Rider can help increase trunk mobility and strength.
- Create an obstacle course to navigate through.
- Make a finish line with crepe paper and have a cheering section when they cross the finish line.
- Turn with one hand to spin in circles.
- Depending on their upper body strength, you may need to provide some physical support.
- Wear a helmet, especially if children have difficulty with balance.
- The movement of a child’s body while riding on the Exer-rider provides vestibular stimulation.
- Riding the Exer-Rider promotes locational/directional skills.
- Children have a sense of independence when having a ride-on like the Exer-Rider to get around.
- The Exer-Rider allows kids to interact and keep up with peers.
- Have a designated start and end point to encourage a child to ride further and assist a child in completing a task.
Developmental Processes Promoted
- Hand & Finger Grasp
- Eye-Hand Coordination
- Reaching/Arm Extension
- Core Strengthening
- Trunk Strength
- Coordinated Movement
- Problem Solving
- Finger & Hand Control
- Physical Range of Motion
- Proprioceptive Input
- Motor Planning
- Self Esteem
- Foot Placement
- Sequential Thought
- Cooperative Hand Movements
- Bilateral Coordination
- Action Concepts
- Cause & Effect
- Peer Interaction
- Social Awareness
- Approximate Price:
- Age Range:
- Levels of Play:
- One Level
- Surface Wipe