Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mason Exer-Rider — the Perfect Ride-on Toy for Children with Special Needs

Mason Corporation Exer-Rider - R-RX
Mason Corporation Exer-Rider - R-RX

Today’s parents are inundated with plenty of seemingly conflicting messages, one of which is the emphasis on child safety while also imploring parents to keep their children active. It is difficult to find the balance between these two ideas, especially if your child has special needs. However, the Mason Exer-Rider is the perfect ride-on toy to help bridge that gap.

Mason, makers of the Flying Turtle, adapted their classic design to better suit children with special needs. Their Exer-Rider model is meant to be used therapeutically and has had several modifications made to it including an upturn on the handlebars for easy reach and grip, rubber on the grips to aid in positioning and maneuvering, and a footplate which helps position the feet. The seat itself is also designed to be more suitable for kids with special needs—it comes with a padded backrest and the cushion is skid resistant, helping those boys and girls who struggle with trunk stability. 

Just as with their classic Flying Turtle model, the Mason Exer-Rider is operated by the rider swinging the handlebars from side to side, using their feet and/or hands. No pedals, motors, or batteries are needed. It is low to the ground and designed without sharp edges, so there is no risk of the toy tipping over or injuries being provoked by the vehicle. As with any ride-on toy, children should wear shoes and a helmet as they ride and stay on safe surfaces. 

The Exer-Rider has been clinically tested with a wide variety of children and has been proven an effective physical therapy tool. Among its therapeutic benefits are:
  •         Offers vestibular stimulation
  •         Reinforces shoulder stability
  •          Supports upper extremity reciprocal movement     
  •          Enriches motor planning   
  •          Boosts visual perception skills
  •          Promotes upper extremity strengthening     
  •          Strengthens trunk rotation
  •          Inspires independent play

The Exer-Rider is pre-assembled, meaning there is less work for you and no room for error during assembly. Made in the U.S.A., you know that you are receiving a quality product. To learn more about the Mason Exer-Rider or other ride-on toys, visit us at

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