We couldn’t remember where the
“Walk-Easy” came from but that contraption enabled me
to propel my way around our property. The apparatus even helped
me indulge in a little cricket, when in the twilight of past summer’s
days, the neighbourhood invaded our front lawn, to smack the ball
for a four or six.
The Kiwi ingenuity didn’t always involve equipment as Dad
and I invented a game that could loosely be described as Soccer.
I would crawl madly around the lounge floor shooting for goal which
was underneath Dad’s favourite long legged chair. His goal
was to slam the ball into the big yellow door at the back of the
Way back then, we considered it a bit of fun but it certainly
help build my strength up and till this day I’m still able
to transfer myself from bed, to wheelchair, to shower chair etc.
Tailor-made equipment and spur of the moment games are so crucial
for a disabled child’s development . The tricycle, swing,
walk-easy and our version of football all helped me become a strong
determined lad, ready to face the world.
I’m sure many of our readers would have a similar tale on
how a customised piece of equipment or a quirky activity played
a vital role in their development.
Drop me a line sometime I would love to hear about your experiences.
(NB ---Dad (pictured) is now 90 years old and he has his own contraption
-a walker. He says he is too young to use it but he does find it
useful every now and then.
Ross Flood email@example.com