Summer Jones is a busy little girl, just ask her mother Amanda. "She's very strong-willed, she's opinionated. She'll let us know what she wants and she wants to walk so she's just trying to get those steps to get there."
When Summer turned a year old, her parents noticed that her development was decreasing. Summer was diagnosed with urea cycle disorder, which inhibits her body's ability to process protein.
"It took us about two months to get that diagnosis. In that time, she stopped sitting up, she stopped standing, she stopped babbling and then once we got the diagnosis, then everything started coming together. She started to regain those developmental milestones."
Much of Summer's development depends on physical therapy, but how does a two-and-a-half-year-old find time for that when she's busy exploring the world? Thanks to people at Carr Rehab they found a way to help Summer while still allowing her to have fun.
"We have an adaptive tricycle that is set up just for Summer. The tricycle is designed to help her have reciprocal movements in her legs. The tricycle actually has an assist on the pedals. When she pedals the other pedal helps in the motion so she can have some independent mobility with the tricycle."
In honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities and thanks to a donation from Variety Children's Charity, Summer has her hands on some new wheels.
"A lot of times at home we were trying to do physical therapy with her, it's a constant struggle because she's having to work so hard, but this will be something where we can take her outside, she'll be able to ride with the other kids in the neighborhood and she's not even going to realize what kind of work she's doing with her leg muscles. It will be nice to see her feel like a part of the group."
That is, of course, if the group can keep up with Summer. To learn more about Variety visit www.varietytn.org