Lily is nearly a year and a half now. She is slowly making gains in her motor development, but it seems like we are lightyears away from any significant milestone. Lily can sit tripod for 10 seconds, and roll from her belly to her back, that's it. She still cannot roll back to belly, cannot sit unsupported, and we are no where near crawling, standing or walking. I am certain that we are headed to the special needs preschool in a year and a half. And, for some reason, it is stuck in my head that students would need to be somewhat independent before going to preschool. For Lily, I am certain that means she will need a wheelchair. I just can't imagine they would have a child in any school setting who had to be carried everywhere.
Since it can take up to 6 months to get a wheel chair, and since I would like Lily to be comfortable with a wheel chair before going into school, we are beginning to think about wheelchairs now. So, here are my questions...
1) Am I crazy to think about getting a wheelchair now? Is Lily still too young to think about this? Can she go to the special needs preschool without one? (I plan on asking our therapist through EI these questions as well).
2) Do they make motorized wheelchairs for children who are 2-3? Lily is cognitively on par (if not advance) so I think she would pick up the idea of a motorized wheelchair pretty quick. And, it would be really great if she could have some independence in terms of her mobility.
3) What age was your child when s/he got her/his wheelchair?
4) Our PT told us that insurance companies really want wheelchairs to be used for at least 5 years before getting another one. Anything else we should know?