Loved by his family and friends, Adrien is an energetic, happy and cheerful four year old with a real zest for life. Living with his family in the southern-suburb of Leda, Adrien has Lissencephaly, a neurological condition affecting his muscle tone and movements. As a result, Adrien has always used an attendant propel manual wheelchair for his mobility needs. Unable to ride a typical everyday bike due to his difficulty coordinating his movements, a customised bike that provided appropriate postural supports was recommended as the ideal solution. TADWA Occupational Therapist Amy Punkka and Technician Alan Hill, created a customised bike with attendant control which allows Adrien’s parents to assist in steering, braking and propelling the bike, while also giving Adrien the joy of riding. Adrien and his family use the bike together to attend local bike paths in the community, allowing him to take part in activities with his family, friends and peers.
Adrien’s mum, Belinda said the bike had enhanced Adrien’s life in more ways than one.
“Adrien is a happy child, he always does his best and tries his hardest at anything he does,” Belinda says. “Adrien is now able to include going for a bike ride with his brother into his everyday life. He’s now happy to be included in life in general. The bike has helped him with many things, including assisting him to fully walk.”