As an OT with a focus on hypermobility, I think the beauty of this scooter is that it’s low to the ground and has a wide base of support, which minimises the risk of injuries to those little hypermobile joints if they do happen to fall off. It’s lightweight, so they aren’t trying to make move something that is half their own weight, and the handlebars are removable*.
*removable handlebars are a great feature for the following reasons:
- That means you can attach the mini micro seat for little ones who are just beginning
- They are easier to pack in the car, take on holidays and store if you aren’t using them for a while (though I doubt that will happen, most kids love their scooter too much to put it away!)
- It is stable with the 3 wheel design and wide foot plate
- it is low to the ground – the lower the footplate, the smaller the fall off
- It develops balance, core stability, single leg standing strength
- It develops proprioception (sense of where the body is in space, which people with hypermobility often struggle with)
- It also develops motor planning and visual perceptual skills because your little person has to do something with their body and be thinking about what is ahead of them as well.
- It’s something they can do with friends – they will feel like they are fitting in with their peers!
I’d love to hear if your child has learned to ride a scooter and how you went about teaching them.