And the Power Chair…
Now don’t be persuaded by his giggle. This is really fun to drive and the manual chair is work. I get that. But would this be functional? I would also like to say that he really is motivated in his manual chair because he keeps on going, even though he’s too focused to giggle, unless I’m chasing him in another chair but I’m not buying another chair just for chasing so that won’t happen. So we brought the power chair home and let Aidan drive around the house. Really? Who’s that dumb? We ended up with a hole in the wall. Yes, the chair works as a sort of bulldozer. Aidan drove into the kitchen table, giggled, and smashed it into the wall. What were Garreth and I doing? Watching. “Good job Aidan. That’s fun isn’t it?”
So think this one through with me.
Pros: Super fun. Faster. Drives on different surfaces. Doesn’t go in the house so Aidan will still have plenty of opportunity to walk. Won’t fatigue him.
Cons: When Aidan’s not driving it’s hard for me to drive. Super hard to get in and out of the van per lack of my driving skills. Heavy and bulky and not so fun when it runs over your foot. Aidan tends to watch the ground when he drives because, well, I don’t know, he’s stimming on the shadows or something. Requires better wrist control than Aidan currently has.
The truth is, I’d be leaning heavily towards a power chair if I knew Aidan could drive it well enough to be functional. However, if he can’t drive it well then it’s a huge hassle.
So, what do you think?