Hi all!!  First I want to say that it is such a blessing to have a site such as this one to exchange info and reach out to others that really GET IT!!! Now my second part, we took Lucas to Dr. Wong for the first time in July...LOVE her and all the people at the hospital...it was such a postive experience!!!

Anyway, while Lucas is still able to walk, she would like him to have some sort of motorized transportation to use part time to not tire him out so much...I started looking at things on the internet and am completely lost and overwhelmed!!!!!  Any ideas or info you guys have to pass on from your experiences would be greatly appreciated!!! THANKS!! Karen    

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We have a scooter. LOVE it, but truly it is a personal choice. It is fairly portable, gives you freedom (you don't have to push it) and is great for long distances with a good battery. Good luck!
we started off with a scooter than moved to a power chair later. Probaby used the scooter for about 2 yrs. we didn't have any problems with our insurance paying for both of these but you might want to check, some insurances might have a problem paying for both in that case i would go for the power chair.
what kind of scooter
we had a Revo 3 wheeler electic scooter. It came with an adult size seat so they cut it down to fit him.
We have a Pride Go-Go portable scooter. Here is the link:

http://www.usmedicalsupplies.com/SC53Travel-Scooters.htm

Alex is still pretty mobile and this works great for him. He has used a scooter for 3 years. Good luck.
Kevin had a Go Go Ultra for about three years. that just died, but we got him a new GoGo Elite Traveller this summer and it is just a tiny bit bigger (longer), longer battery life and 2 1/2 inches off the ground (just a little higher going over things). We also got him a Pride Revo Scooter which is more heavy duty and 3 inches off the ground which is great for grass, the baseball field, etc. and we use it for those purposes. We call it his ATS (All Terrian Scooter). We put sports decals on it and it is wonderful. The Revo has a front light and large rear light. We also got a discontinued Lynxx by Invacare (great low price) and will use in our one level ranch that we are going to renovate for accessibility very soon. His school purchased a Go Go for him in the 3rd grade and he is going into 5th. All scooters come apart. We bought a ramp van two years ago so I'm lucky that I don't have to take it apart whenever we go out with the scooter. Kevin was walking around until a fall while going to sit on a stool at school (following an ankle break in Sept. ) and missed the stool. His back has been bothering him ever since and now his hamstrings are tight. We hope he'll get back to some walking but the scooter is a life saver. We also use a manual "transport chair" for him for fast trips and dropping him off at school, where he then gets on his "school" scooter. The scooter at school saves on our personal one. The school got it since I can drive him o school and the cost of the scooter was more cost effective than using the schoolbus with a lift and the driver.
We have the Pride Mobility GO GO Elite Traveler. When I take the seat and battery off, I can lift it myself. Seph uses it only for long distances.

Patti Frank said:
Kevin had a Go Go Ultra for about three years. that just died, but we got him a new GoGo Elite Traveller this summer and it is just a tiny bit bigger (longer), longer battery life and 2 1/2 inches off the ground (just a little higher going over things). We also got him a Pride Revo Scooter which is more heavy duty and 3 inches off the ground which is great for grass, the baseball field, etc. and we use it for those purposes. We call it his ATS (All Terrian Scooter). We put sports decals on it and it is wonderful. The Revo has a front light and large rear light. We also got a discontinued Lynxx by Invacare (great low price) and will use in our one level ranch that we are going to renovate for accessibility very soon. His school purchased a Go Go for him in the 3rd grade and he is going into 5th. All scooters come apart. We bought a ramp van two years ago so I'm lucky that I don't have to take it apart whenever we go out with the scooter. Kevin was walking around until a fall while going to sit on a stool at school (following an ankle break in Sept. ) and missed the stool. His back has been bothering him ever since and now his hamstrings are tight. We hope he'll get back to some walking but the scooter is a life saver. We also use a manual "transport chair" for him for fast trips and dropping him off at school, where he then gets on his "school" scooter. The scooter at school saves on our personal one. The school got it since I can drive him o school and the cost of the scooter was more cost effective than using the schoolbus with a lift and the driver.
we ae starting to look into scooters, dr recommended mini phantom, but what's the differences between them? we looked at one scooter, but the man told us that it has tiny wheels and will not go over grass or gravel well and can flip, well we live on a dirt road and have a gravel driveway, any suggestions?
We started looking at scooters. If your insurance isn't going to cover it - take a look at Ebay and Craigslist. They are loaded with barely used units for a fraction of the cost of new.
Also - CCHMC recommended the power assist wheelchair to us over a scooter. They are very expensive - we looked at them at the Abilities Expo. Like over $10k.
yeah i am concerned about the insurance paying for a scooter, they told me it is not a necissity, but the thing is for him to get a power chair i would have no way to transport it, we have been dealing with this since rehab said to get something like this for him over a year ago, i wish mda would still help, i am considering trying some sort of fund raiser for it but dont know where at all to start that, i feel completely trapped in a hopeless situalion right now, between this and housing issues goodness, but thanks for info i at least know where to start looking

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