Am-9S AmTryke®

Promoted Skills

Product Description

This therapeutic tricycle enables children to pedal with their hands and feet simultaneously.  The pedals have footrest plates with ankle and toe hook and loop straps to hold a child’s feet securely in place.  It has a detachable parent assist handle.  Steering can be done by the child or locked for parent-control steering.  The trike has a bucket seat with three-point adjustable seatbelt.  Maximum weight 150lbs.  Additional adaptation equipment for this trike is available from the manufacturer.

Sensory 4

Skills

  • Riding the trike provides a child’s body with proprioceptive movement.
  • Riding the trike provides a child’s body with sensory stimulation.
  • Self-esteem can be heightened as children are successful riding this trike.  They can also feel like they “fit in” with their peers.

Play Ideas

  • Play “Red Light, Green Light.”  When a caregiver or playmate says, “Green light,” the child pedals.  When the caregiver or playmate says, “Red light,” the child stops.  This works on physical movement, listening and receptive language skills.  For children who may be deaf, hold up colored sheets of paper (red and green) to indicate go and stop.
  • Place cones or other obstacles in a path for the child to follow.  This can help work on problem solving skills and eye-hand coordination.  Note: Do not use this activity for children who have visual impairments or who are blind.

Adaptation Ideas

  • Use the parent assist handle.
  • Place bright cones to indicate the end of where a child can ride.  This gives a visual/physical reminder of the parameters of play.

Physical 4

Skills

  • Children use reciprocal leg movements to pedal the trike and propel forward.  This strengthens the muscles in their legs that are used for standing and walking.
  • Children flex and extend the muscles in their arms, trunk and legs as they pedal this trike with their arms and legs.
  • Hand grasp is encouraged as children pedal with their hands.

Play Ideas

  • Play “Red Light, Green Light.”  When a caregiver or playmate says, “Green light,” the child pedals.  When the caregiver or playmate says, “Red light,” the child stops.  This works on physical movement, listening and receptive language skills.  For children who may be deaf, hold up colored sheets of paper (red and green) to indicate go and stop.
  • Make an obstacle course for a child to follow.
  • Buckle a stuffed animal in the seat and push him around. 

Adaptation Ideas

  • A caregiver can start by pushing a child in the trike with the parent assist handle.  Gradually decrease the pressure used to push so the child is using his own muscles to propel forward.  In time, the child may ride independently.
  • Place a small piece of non-skid shelf liner or Dicem on the seat of the trike.  This will help a child maintain his seated position.
  • Additional adaptation equipment for this trike is available from the manufacturer.

Social/Emotional 4

Skills

  • Parents and caregivers can use words to teach and reinforce their meaning, such as go/stop, right/left, fast/slow.
  • Self esteem can be heightened as children are successful riding this trike.  They can also feel like they “fit in” with their peers.
  • Turn taking can be targeted as children wait patiently when a friend is on the trike.  Provide children with predetermined ride time, such as having them use a kitchen timer or having children ride to a destination and back (e.g. to the tree and back.).

Play Ideas

  • When riding around, use the opportunity to talk with the child about things you see and hear to help build their language.  For example, “Look at this flower. It is pink.”
  • Buckle a stuffed animal in the seat and push him around.
  • Place cones or other obstacles in a path for the child to follow.  This can help work on problem solving skills and eye-hand coordination.

Developmental Processes Promoted

Additional Details

Approximate Price:
$399.00
Age Range:
2+
Directions:
Simple
Levels of Play:
Beginner and Advanced
Storability:
Bulky
Washability:
Surface Wipe

AblePlay Rating

Am-9S AmTryke®

Developmental Skill Rating (1-5)
Physical 4
Sensory 4
Communicative 3
Cognitive 3
Social/Emotional 4

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