Do you recall the feeling you had the day you got your first set of wheels? Be it a two wheeled Schwinn or a four wheeled ride, it meant one thing, independence! You had places to go, things to do, and people to see!
One young man, 3-1/2 year old Pierce, experienced that for the first time recently. Pierce is a bright young boy who yearned to move and explore the world. Although, unlike many preschoolers, Pierce was at the whim of his family to take him places and explore things. Pierce has cerebral palsy caused by a lack of oxygen to his brain around the time he was born.
During therapy, Pierce works on rolling over, trying to master a commando crawl to get his toys, and reaching out to knock down a tower of blocks; because blocks are noisy when they fall, making it all the more rewarding! All of these tasks are extremely difficult for him. Pierce relies on external support to sit on the floor, be it his bucket chair (made by Dad) or a lap.
Pierce has an AMAZING family and they are constantly helping him experience life as much like a typical preschooler as possible. Here, he and dad are assembling his new wheels!
After Pierce and his dad assembled his Jeep, Pierce’s Elks therapist borrowed it to modify the drive system to something Pierce could control; replacing the foot pedal for a large red button located on the steering wheel, and later adding a joystick for even more steering control. The joystick will simulate what driving his future power wheelchair will be like.