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Speech Pathology Students to Present Rehabilitation Tricycle to Nine-Year-Old Girl with Cerebral Palsy

SAVANNAH, GA—Today Armstrong Atlantic State University's speech-pathology students will present an AmTryke rehabilitation and recreational tricycle to Dynasty Roper, a nine-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. The tricycle is designed to strengthen the arm and leg muscles of wheelchair dependent children. The event will take place at 1:00 P.M. on the plaza of AASU's University Hall.

The AmTryke will be presented by Ross Bowers, president of the Savannah Chapter of American Business Clubs (AMBUCS) and head of Armstrong Atlantic's Department of Respiratory Therapy. The presentation of the AmTryke is sponsored by AASU's speech-pathology students, who raised money throughout the academic year to provide funding for the tricycle.

"With the aid of the AmTryke, children like Dynasty are encouraged to play with other children in their neighborhood," said Ross Bowers. "The bike gives the child social stimulation while working on strengthening the leg and arm muscles. The idea is to make exercising fun."

The AmTryke is designed to help children become more independent in their daily activities and to help develop their balance and coordination. Bowers explained that a key factor in successful rehabilitation is keeping a child motivated.

AMBUCS works in partnership with Backus Children's Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitation Center, which is a demonstration site for the tricycle. Two AmTryke tricycles, a large and a small model, are kept in the center for therapists to evaluate their patients. The center recommends children who would benefit from using the tricycle. A therapist from the center will make a presentation about the AmTryke during today's event.

More information about the AmTryke is available at www.ambucs.com.



December 13, 2001

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