To think I almost missed this: my son, out and about enjoying life.
Here’s one thing I can be thankful for every single day without hesitation – Aidan’s power wheelchair. It’s given him independence.
And to think I almost said no. No, I don’t believe he can drive that. No, it’s too complicated to be a part of our life. No, it’s just not appropriate. No, Aidan’s not smart enough.
I’m so glad Aidan proved me wrong in my moment of doubt.
This is why I want to sing to the mountaintops, or at the very least preach a little bit to every parent considering wheels for their child; Aidan’s wheelchair has encouraged the very skill it seemed to be replacing – walking. Aidan has seen the world and he wants more of it anyway he can get it – driving, walking, skateboarding, whatever. (ok, maybe not the last one). It’s counterintuitive, I know, but Aidan’s mad driving skills have made him a better walker. It’s all about motivation.
“Talkers,” or AAC devices, or iPads with communication apps, do the same thing; they look like they’re replacing verbal communication when they are really encouraging it.
I absolutely understand why parents may hesitate to get a power chair for their child. It feels like giving up. I hated the thought of Aidan using a wheelchair. It makes him look so….disabled.
Until you see him drive. Then you see his ability to discover and defy and conquer his little corner of the world.
This is my disclaimer to tell you I’m not a physical therapist and getting the right wheelchair is a very individual decision and should be made by parents and professionals together.
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