Promoted Skills

Product Description

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. 

Physical 4


  • 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.

Play Ideas

  • 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.

Adaptation Ideas

  • Depending on their upper body strength, you may need to provide some physical support. 
  • Wear a helmet, especially if children have difficulty with balance.

Sensory 3


  • The movement of a child’s body while riding on the Exer-rider provides vestibular stimulation.

Social/Emotional 4


  • 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. 

Play Ideas

  • 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

Additional Details

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Levels of Play:
One Level
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Developmental Skill Rating (1-5)
Physical 4
Sensory 3
Communicative 2
Cognitive 3
Social/Emotional 4