Skateboard

Project  / Project number: 481/07 2009  /  Status:

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The challenge

SkateboardEight-year-old Callum needs some respite from learning to cope with two prosthetic legs, a consequence of a rare reaction to chicken pox three or so years ago. Joining his friends in the skateboard craze will be excellent therapy for Callum and beneficial for his progress and future confidence.

The wheels of a skateboard were shifted forward to allow an extra transverse rear wheel to be fitted close to the ground. A sloping backrest was also fitted and, by leaning on it, Callum can control the speed of travel. (It also enables him to do hand-brake turns!) The combination of the back rest and a protective cover over his legs stabilize his seating.

Callum has used the skateboard in play with his sister and friends and his mum reports that it has fully lived up to expectations.