I've had a hard day, and I realize it's time to consider part time wheel chair use. I used to say "Absolutely NOT!" If he can walk, then we'll make other accomodations and do anything else." Now, we've just gotten back from a special needs event. I realize that even in an adaptive environment with understanding supportive staff - my son has times that he needs to be in the wheelchair crowd. He cannot run or jump at 5. He falls 20 times a day, but only in dynamic situations. After a year of PT, he no longer falls in static positions. Other children push him over by just being kids walking past someone else. Adults don't touch others as they walk by, but kids do. When they walk by him, they push him over, even with a light touch. In a group of kids, they also step on or kick him before he can get up out of their way. He walks very slowly and cannot keep up with even other slow walkers. He is homeschooled, so I hadn't thought about him being in school environments soon. So, he doesn't need it full time, whereas he would in public school. He would need it for homeschool co-ops, group activities, places where he might get hurt and walking long distances.
Has anyone been there? Words of wisdom from occasional, part time wheel chair use?