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Therapy Oriented Tricycle (TOT Trikes) Make Mobility a Reality


The Pioneers TOT (Therapy Oriented Tricycle) Trike is a modified safe tricycle designed for children with special needs (ages 2½ to 7 years) to help improve their strength and enhance their physical therapies while allowing them the thrill of playing and interacting with other children.  The TOT Trike is specially designed for children who have weak leg muscles, but are able to use the pedals. 

The pedal-powered TOT Trike is available in 16”, 12” and 10” sizes.

Add-On Components: 
• wider rear axel for stability and safety on the 16” trike  
• metal back brace with Styrofoam back support and seatbelt
• foot holders on pedals with Velcro straps
• upright handle-bars (if regular horizontal ones are too restrictive - 12" and 16" trikes only)

A letter of recommendation from the child’s physical therapist is required before the TOT can be provided.  Download the therapist’s recommendation form here.          

The New Outlook Pioneers Crossroads Chapter has been making and donating the TOT Trikes since 1986.  The trikes are assembled by an all-volunteer project team and are provided free of charge to the recipient.  The Crossroads Chapter donates approximately 80 trikes per year which has resulted in a total contribution of over $400,000 since the inception of the program.

The TOT Trikes are donated to children mainly through local agencies associated with special needs children such as hospitals, schools, Easter Seals locations and other medical facilities.  The trikes are delivered fully assembled and Pioneers make presentations upon request.

TOT Trikes can be ordered directly from the Crossroads Chapter.  The Trikes are distributed locally and in the metropolitan Chicago area with no shipping charges.  However, the chapter will ship anywhere in the world, with shipping charges being paid by the individual or group requesting the tricycle. 

For additional information or to request a tricycle, please contact:

Gordon & Connie Hankins
Co-Chairmen, TOT Project
New Outlook Crossroads Chapter
Phone:  630-355-7211
Fax: 630-355-7211 (please call before faxing)
Cell: 630-841-4542
Email:  ghankins99@aol.com