New wheels provide new found independence for Jasmin
15 year-old Jasmin Steiner has discovered her inner confidence and a new sense of independence after receiving her very own bicycle through Therapy Focus’ GIVE Program.
Jasmin was one of 13 applicants awarded a share of $20,000 in the June round of the charitable program, which assists with the purchase of equipment, activities, resources and additional supports for individuals and families accessing Therapy Focus services. The Steiner family applied for a $500 grant to purchase the bike for Jasmin, who has a rare genetic condition that affects her development.
Prior to receiving her bike, Jasmin took part in lessons at school using a borrowed bike with training wheels. Progressing to a two-wheeler was a daunting prospect for Jasmin, whose confidence would fall whenever she did, but after a couple months of perseverance she mastered the skill and left the training wheels behind.
Jasmin’s Mum, Monika, applied to the GIVE Program in the thought that a bike of her own would assist with further development of Jasmin’s balance and coordination, as well as increase her confidence and independence. “Bike riding not only gives Jasmin an opportunity to develop physical skills, it also gives her an enjoyable activity she can do regularly in everyday life,” Monika said.
“We can now enjoy going for family bike rides along the South Perth foreshore on the weekends and it’s great to see how much her confidence has improved.”
Therapy Focus Occupational Therapist, Bernadette Safe, has also witnessed the many benefits of the new bike saying “Jasmin can now independently access her community and spend time with her siblings. She really enjoys the activity and it’s a good form of exercise for her physical health and wellbeing.”
For more information about the GIVE Program visit www.therapyfocus.org.au/GIVE.