As most of you know, my son Joaquin has some developmental delays – mainly gross motor delay. A few months ago Joaquin’s physical therapist suggested some medical equipment to help get him mobile. I was all for it! The process of getting the equipment wasn’t quite as easy as I’d hoped. We found the right piece of equipment, a Rifton Pacer Gait Trainer, but got some disappointing news from our insurance. Yes, medical equipment was covered but only AFTER we met the deductible and after that 80/20. Our high deductible ($2,000) was basically the price of the gait trainer! We couldn’t believe it! We’re a one-income family of 5 and Joaquin’s medical bills have been piling high, we really didn’t know what to do. Joaquin’s occupational therapist gave me a list of organizations that assist kiddos with special needs and it was all about researching and applying after that!
After looking into several nonprofits, I found one that specifically provided medical equipment to non-mobile children it was called the Wheel to Walk Foundation. The application process was simple, I completed it, said a little prayer and mailed it off. A month after submitting, we got the amazing news that he had been approved for a brand new gait trainer!!! We were over the moon!
We received his brand new lime green gait trainer a couple weeks after being approved and he’s been moving ever since!
Gross Motor Delay
How does this help with his gross motor delay?
There’s a thing called “input” and the easiest way I can explain it is that input is movement. It’s how our body receives movement. For example, if you are turned upside down the input you are receiving lets your body know that you are upside down. Sometimes that sense isn’t working the way it should and when you’re mobility is limited you aren’t receiving that input. Input is a crucial part of a childs development and when they don’t get it, it’s hard for them to make everything work the way it should. Joaquin has been non-mobile up until very recently when he started scooting and now that he has this gait trainer he can now get that input, that movement! It’s so exciting!! This gait trainer also helps him work muscles that he has never been able to work before by being able to stand and take steps.
Wheel to Walk
We really couldn’t be more grateful for the Wheel to Walk Foundation. People that dedicate their lives to helping others, it’s just….well it’s just amazing! They have followed up and celebrated his progress with us, they’ve become a part of his team and the more people cheering him on, the better!