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Modified Powered Trike

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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To provide a customized powered trike for a child with spinal muscular atrophy type II. This customization begins with a simple trike which uses a press foot control connected to a battery that powers the motor. First the foot pedals are disconnected and a circuit board was added to adapt the trike for hand control. The trike is then operated by two specially designed grip-style hand switches which are mounted on each handlebar. The switches plug into sockets on the tank, which means they can easily be unplugged and replaced if they are damaged. This also was an advantage when the user needed to exercise one particular hand over another — either side could be unplugged as needed. Additionally, the child’s parents were able to unplug the hand switches and plug in a remote button on a long cord allowing them to operate the trike from a distance. An important modification was added for individuals with limited muscle control was a slow start and stop function, so that the trike cannot start off or stop very quickly and avoid injury. A speed limiter was also added which is mounted on the back of the trike, enabling the user’s parents to set the maximum speed at which she can travel; this is a useful function for when a child is initially learning to ride the trike, and were unable to control the speed well. The existing motorbike-style seat was changed to a buck seat to give the user back support, and a seat belt was added. Finally, a T-bar handle on the back of the trike was added in case the user took off when you didn’t want her to. TITLE: Jessica Moves Ahead. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 29, Number 3, September 2009: p. 4-5. PAGES: 3 (including cover).

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Technical Aid To The Disabled (TAD)
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TAD is a charity organisation that has the authority to fundraise. TAD uses volunteers dedicated to the design, construction and provision of aids for people with disabilities. Members of TAD provide a resource pool comprising a range of design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy and other professional and technical skills. Aids custom-designed by TAD volunteers are described in the TAD Journal.
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Email address: tad@tadnsw.org.au
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Therapeutic Aids