Skirack has done a wonderful job at adapting bicycles for children with special needs. They are great at fitting shoes and skis boots as well. The staff is great with special needs children.
This is an incredible resource for families in Vermont. Ambucs creates adaptive bicycles for people with disabilities. Their goal is to “create mobility and independence for people with disabilities.” They have worked to get over 250 kids with disabilities on bikes throughout Vermont. Their annual statewide fitting event is typically held the Saturday before Mother’s Day in central Vermont.
The Beats By Dre Solo headphones are wonderful for children who are bothered by noise. The headphones come in many fun colors and are very comfortable wear. They also offer amazing sound when listening to music. The “solo” headphones are perfect for reducing noise in most places for children. Although they retail for approximately $200, you can find discounted and/or refurbished pairs at https://www.groupon.com.
If you are looking for a great deal and excellent customer service, contact Noah at Bicycle Express. He is very creative at adapting bikes for children with special needs and offers great prices!
Darn Tough is a great sock for children who wear AFO’s and/or have sensitivity issues. Their socks are very soft and don’t hold in moisture. They also make a sock that is long enough to go under AFO’s and they come in fun designs! Check them out at http://darntough.com/kids.
The medical store does an incredible job at finding the right adaptive equipment for children. They are very knowledgeable about the equipment, handle all the insurance pieces, and are extremely patient and friendly.
Nike has created an amazing shoe to wear with AFO’s! The Revolution 3 Flyease has a zipper/velcro system that allows children to independently put on their shoes. They also have a Air Zoom Pegasus 33 FlyEase which is a little pricier and a basketball shoe. These shoes are specifically designed for AFO’s.
Designed to help accommodate a variety of braces or ankle-foot orthotics
Mesh upper has seamless overlays for a snug, breathable fit
Phylon midsole for lightweight cushioning
Waffle outsole with rubber pods for durable traction
Deep flex grooves promote natural motion
Wide forefoot accommodates wider feet
North Star Sports located on Main Street in Burlington is an incredible bike shop. Although they might seem small, they are extremely knowledgable in their bikes, bike repairs, and making adjustments to bikes. Bruce DeGuise is the guy to go to about any adaptation that you might need on your childs’ bike. They also have to be one of the friendliest bike mechanic shops that I have visited. Definitely worth a visit to see how they can help you or your child get out safely on the road.
This amazing non-profit in Massachusetts makes “Buggies” to donate to children that have mobility issues and want to access the great outdoors. These sturdy, light-weight, all-terrain Buggies allow easy access to all types of outdoor environments that may require moving across sand, gravel, dirt, grass and even snow. Buggy should only be used by children who have independent, unsupported trunk and head control.
If you feel your child might benefit from this type of device check out their site and apply! Stepping Stones for Stella
Team Hoyt Foundation is a non-profit organization that aspires to encourage children with special needs to be a part of their community. Dick and his son, Rick, have completed running races and triathlons throughout the United States. They are truly an inspiration. The foundation is very resourceful at getting adaptive strollers and bicycles. They have numerous running races throughout the year that include people with all types of disabilities being pushed in adaptive strollers.
Many schools use the Wiggle Cushion to help students while sitting at their tables and/or desks. We purchased one to use while sitting at the counter. Our child had difficulty sitting and would tip the chair over and/or stand while eating. The Wiggle Cushion really helps her sit still and finish a meal. You can adjust the amount of air you want in the cushion and it has a smooth side and bumpy side for kids to sit on.