The Woodward News


July 12, 2013

Woodward boy gets AmTryke


Woodward, Okla. — GRATEFUL PARENTS

Talon wasn't the only one beaming over his new tricycle.  His parents were pleased, as well, and took turns using a pull bar to help the boy ride around the room during a reception held at Woodward Regional Hospital's new Rehab Clinic on Wednesday to celebrate Talon's new wheels.

"I think it's wonderful," dad Chris Waibel said. "I think it will help him to be able to use his joints, loosen up his elbows and knees.  And the more we practice by putting him on it everyday, he can build up to where he's doing it on his own."

His wife agreed, saying "it's great because it moves everything in his body, it gets his arms and legs moving, which helps with his stiff joints."

"We're just really grateful for the AmTryke and think it's really going to help him with his movement," Becky said.

However, she said he's already quite mobile.

Like any other child his age, she said "he's up running around, jumping on the bed, and climbing on everything."

"He was sick for such a long time," Becky said, but noted that "he is doing really good now."

"And he's constantly eating," she said, smiling with pride as she looked over at her son munching on a cookie during Wednesday's reception.


Almost as pleased as the family was Talon's physical therapist Jason Moore.

Especially since "it has been a process" working with Talon to the point where he was able to ride the tricycle, he said.

"Talon didn't like the AmTryke at all the first time he saw it, but we've gotten to the point at his last couple of visits where he just goes for it first thing," Moore said.

And now Talon doesn't have to wait until a physical therapy session to enjoy the tricycle, because he has his own, customized AmTryke to take home and ride whenever he wants.

Moore played an important role in getting the AmTryke for Talon, because he was the one who recognized that the special tricycle could help to supplement the toddler's other ongoing physical therapy.

Moore said he had the opportunity to learn all about AmTrykes during the 2012 AMBUCS National Conference which was held in Oklahoma City a year ago.  He was invited to attend by a coworker, who is also a member of AMBUCS.

During that conference, he said he helped to fit "about 15" AmTrykes for various different recipients and therefore got hands on knowledge about the different styles of AmTrykes and how they could help patients with a wide range of needs and abilities.

"Then when I met Talon, I knew the AmTryke would be perfect for him," Moore said.

In working with Talon during physical therapy, he said he learned the boy has "a bit of a lack of range of motion and strength in his upper extremities and his lower extremities."

However, he said the AmTryke will help Talon build on his range of motion and strength as he reaches, pushing and pulling, with his arms and legs to turn the gears and get the tricycle to move.

"It also will help him with his coordination of movement since the hands and feet are going at the same time.  Right now Talon has some coordination problems with walking and running, but I think this should help him evolve to the next stage where he's jumping and running better," Moore said.

After realizing that Talon could use an AmTryke, Moore then met with members of AMBUCS to arrange the purchase of the tricycle and took Talon's measurements to ensure that they got an AmTryke that was the right size and had the right accessories.  Eventually they selected one of the smallest models, which only has a 9-inch front wheel, with attachments including both a pull bar and a push bar so that Talon's parents can help him get used to moving around in it.

Moore also told the Waibels that the model that he selected has an extendable frame so that as Talon's arms and legs grow longer he can still continue to use the AmTryke until he's ready to move up to the next size.  AmTrykes come in a variety of models, which include 12-inch, 14-inch, and even 16-inch wheels.

"There's just so many benefits to these AmTrykes, I just wish everybody who has a child who needed this would have the opportunity to get one," Moore said.

But he said the problem is that "I think people don't know about them as well as they should."

"I mean I've been a physical therapist for 7 years and I'd never seen them before last year," he said.

However, now that he knows about them, Moore plans on helping to spread the word about them and help get AmTrykes for those patients he sees like Talon who can benefit from them.

"I think the best thing is to educate the therapists and doctors because they're the ones who are seeing these kids who they can help," he said.

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