Modified trike helps Ballajura teen in strength, coordination

Conor Brown on his modified trike.
Conor Brown on his modified trike.

AFTER four months of learning how to ride a modified trike, a Ballajura teenager can now ride alongside his younger brother.

Conor Brown (13) and his family were given $1415 by Variety WA to buy his second trike in April, as part of the charity’s Home Lottery fundraiser.

The Burbridge School student has an intellectual disability and had difficulty with visuospatial awareness. He required assistance on the road due to his reduced awareness of safety and danger when approaching roads and intersections.

The trike helped develop his lower limb strength, balance and coordination.

Conor’s mother Lorena said her son’s goals were to build on his physical coordination while playing football, cricket and riding.

“The trike gives the ability to go out and feel like he is doing the same thing as his brother where he would not normally get that opportunity and just having the assistant steering means we can control from behind if he goes too fast,” he said.

“He is involved with the Coolbinia Bombers’ star kick program and he’s done that for the last three years.

“He is very interested in football and when he started, he could not really kick a ball and he learnt to kick.”

Mrs Brown said Conor’s physiotherapist formed an exercise program that matched his sporting interests.

“He has trouble with his hands and doing fine motor coordination so a lot of the sporting activities are more gross motor skills and working towards fine motor skills,” he said.

“Just doing an exercise with a physio is not interesting and not motivating but when he incorporates it into everyday sporting skills that he is interested in, then that becomes a lot easier.”