PTA students present AmTryke to Snyder fourth grader
As a national project, AMBUCS started making and giving away therapeutic tricycles (AmTryke) in the mid-1990s. Thanks to these efforts, people with disabilities can experience mobility and independence. The AmTryke provides benefits like mobility, strength, exercise and coordination that come with riding a bike.
Students enrolled in the PTA program at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center set aside time to help assemble the therapeutic tricycles and then often times get to experience the reward of seeing those trykes presented to its new owner.
Recently the students built 14 AmTrykes and presented one to CKTC’s Health Instructor Bridgit Walker’s grandson Sean Paul Bigger. Family, friends and the students who helped build the therapeutic tricycle were excited to witness the fourth grader from Snyder, Oklahoma, test his new tryke.
Nine of the AmTrykes will be presented on April 7 in Tulsa at the AMBUCs Great Plains Regional Conference (the coordinating therapist in Tulsa is a graduate of CKTC’s PTA program).
During the Mountain Metro AMBUCS 8th annual Trykes n Treads Car Show fundraiser AMBUCS members will give away the remaining AmTrykes. This event provides the funding for the AmTrykes and is on April 21-22 at The Great Plains Coliseum in Lawton, Oklahoma.
Established in 1994, AmTryke, LLC is a company owned and operated by National AMBUCS Inc. AMBUCS is a non-profit service organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities.
Volunteer members of the AMBUCS organization purchase the majority of the trykes and donate them to those with special needs. To date, volunteers have distributed thousands of AmTrykes around the world.
These unique tricycles are designed to accommodate riders of all ages, sizes and varying degrees of physical limitations. Both physical and occupational therapists acknowledge the AmTryke tricycle’s many therapeutic benefits, citing improved motor skills, strength development and self-esteem for the rider.
AmTryke founder Sue Haywood was also on campus on March 9 when Sean received his AmTryke.For over half a century, CKTC has provided career training, business and industry services and leadership programs to a rural district in southwest Oklahoma. Opportunities at CKTC range from business and health to science and transportation trades. Additionally, CKTC offers customized workplace training and short-term training. More information about CKTC is available online at www.mycktc.com or by calling 405.643.5511. CKTC is a proud member of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, which provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts.
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