Hello everyone!
My name is Liz Hardy, and I’m an Industrial design student from Colorado. I’m in the process of designing a ride on toy that accommodates the needs of physically disabled kids, but the overall style of the toy will be so appealing, everyone on the block would want a ride! I’m very passionate about this project and creating a design to suit the needs of ALL kids is my main priority. I’m in search of true experts, all you loving parents. Anyone that would be willing to answer a few of my questions will be greatly appreciated and definitely shape this idea for the better!

 What are your kid’s ages?

 Height? Weight?

 What does your child enjoy in their free time?

 What products, if any, give your child more independence?

 Do they participate in any outdoor activities?
If so:
 How often?
 Does it require any assistance?

 What role does exercise play in their lives?

 Does needing assistance bother your child?
If so:
 Did it begin at any particular age?
 Does their environment play a factor?

If you feel that I’ve overlooked any aspects, let me know. I’ll take anything you have to offer.
Thank you so much for interest!

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Q: What are your kid’s ages?
A: 7 y/o

Q: Height? Weight?
A: About 4 ft…About 50 lbs

Q: What does your child enjoy in their free time?
A: Watching shows with snakes, riding his battery powered Grave Digger, just started trying to break dance, and breaking our backsides.

Q: What products, if any, give your child more independence?
A: Grave Digger and power scooter

Q: Do they participate in any outdoor activities?
A: Yes

Q: If so: How often?
A: Every school day and most weekends

Q: Does it require any assistance?
A: Only when a lot of walking is involved.

Q: What role does exercise play in their lives?
A: Only stretching and regular walking/running that kids do on a daily basis. Exercise is not a good thing for kids with Duchenne MD as it will damage the muscle they have left, then try to repair it self and can’t, so leading to muscle loss/fibrosis.

Q: Does needing assistance bother your child?
A: Sometimes, yes…depends on his mood that day. Most times, he is happy to have his power scooter or ask me to carry him.

Q: If so: Did it begin at any particular age?
A: No

Q: Does their environment play a factor?
A: No
 What are your kid’s ages? 8 years

 Height? Weight? 48 lb. about 4'

 What does your child enjoy in their free time? Legos, playing in sand box, water toys, driving his battery operated gator, any building toys!

 What products, if any, give your child more independence? His Gator and his "alley cat" behind mom or dad's bike

 Do they participate in any outdoor activities? yes, outside almost every day. Summer is all sandbox and water toys.
Winter is playing in the snow.

If so:
 How often? almost ever day

 Does it require any assistance? Not normally

 What role does exercise play in their lives? we try to have appropriate exercise play a big role.

 Does needing assistance bother your child? he will normally find a way to work things out himself. He will ask for ssistance if he needs it and normally is not bothered by it.
If so:
 Did it begin at any particular age? no
 Does their environment play a factor? not normally
What are your kid’s ages? 18 months

 Height? Weight? 22 lbs, about 30 inches

 What does your child enjoy in their free time? Scooting on his bottom around the house, Throwing small objects. Playing in the cat's water dish. Pulling his sister's hair. Listening to stories. Taking baths.

 What products, if any, give your child more independence? None. We would like to work on this.

 Do they participate in any outdoor activities? yes, outside almost every day. Rain especially loves to swing (on Mama or Papa's lap) and to go down the slide.

If so:
 How often? Almost every day

 Does it require any assistance? Total.

 What role does exercise play in their lives? Rain does swimming therapy once a week. Otherwise, there is no formal exercise. He lets us know when he gets tired.

 Does needing assistance bother your child? Occassionally, Rain seems very disappointed when he realizes that he cannot do something. He is sometimes especially sad when he sees a little friend of ours walking (she is 5 months younger).

If so:
 Did it begin at any particular age? Early. When our little friend started to crawl, but Rain was still imobile. Let's call it 14-15 months.

 Does their environment play a factor? It doesn't seem to, but I'm not entirely sure I understand the question.

By the way, we are in Fort Collins, Colorado. Our PT wants Rain to start with some ride on toys if they are low enough to the ground that Rain could propel them with his legs. We would be happy to meet with you. Email me at scherbarth@haberfeld.net

Good luck with your project!

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