Local bicycle company donates special bikes for kids' therapy

Local bicycle company donates special bikes for children's therapy

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By LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Little David Montsinger is captivated by one of the new specialty bikes at Children's Hospital's Rehabilitation Center where he's already made significant strides in managing his special needs.

As David's mother explains, "He's autistic and has a lot of sensory issues especially with textures. This has helped him a lot."

It's just one reason everyone at the Rehab Center is excited about the two shiny new bikes called "Lil Push" donated by the Knoxville Bike Company in Hardin Valley.

One is pink, the other bright red, and both come with helmets designed for boys and girls. They are quite small, sit low to the ground, and there are no training wheels or brakes.

"With these, it's very natural for a child to sit on it with their feet on the ground and walk along with it," a representative of the Bike Company said.

But David and other children like him don't have to operate the bike in a traditional way to benefit from it therapeutically. Just exploring it is still a learning experience.

"The ultimate goal may not be for these children to learn to ride a bike, but to perfect maybe their walking balance, said Jan Simpson, a physical and occupational therapy services manager at Children's Hospital Rehabilitation Center.

The Knoxville Bike Company wanted to do something special for kids at Christmas. With these bikes, they're able to help a lot of children have fun while working hard in therapy.

The bikes are actually designed for children as young as two learn to ride a bike without training wheels. They are popular in Europe, and gaining popularity here.

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