How Am I
Going To Help My Child Ride A Bike?
There’s no doubt about it – some children with disabilities need individually customized adaptive bikes. These kids have significant medical challenges and cannot hold their trunk upright or pedal due to their disability. However, there are many kids out there who just haven’t yet mastered the skills needed to ride independently but don’t need the intensive support of an adaptive bike.
The Great Adventure
Published In Exceptional Parent Magazine
Twenty-four years ago my oldest son Geordi (Geo), was born with big blue eyes, dark curly hair and chubby little cheeks that made you want to smother them in kisses. He was also born “fussy” – not wanting to sleep for more than 20 minutes at a time and not feeding well. As time went on, he was also late to sit, crawl, walk and talk. By the age of two, he was diagnosed as, “developmentally delayed” – cause unknown.
And so, The Great Adventure, began.
My son Geordi, (Geo), was born with an intellectual disability as well as a speech disorder.
Like many of you, I have spent hours upon hours in waiting rooms at doctor’s offices and therapy clinics. In a frantic effort to “fix” my son, I dragged him to every therapy I could find (and AFFORD!).
One afternoon, he was happily playing in the living room with some of his toys and the family dog. I was rushing around the kitchen packing a snack, checking on the contents of the crock pot and making another one of my endless lists. Even as I type this now, (20+ years later), I can picture my shoulders hunched up, my mind racing and the stress that I was putting on myself and Geo mounting.
I spoke to a customer on the phone yesterday for about 20 minutes or so. It began as usual with questions about FATWHEELS & bikes and parts and prices. Nothing special until I asked – “what is your daughter’s name?” This is when the interaction turned personal. This is when Mom told me that her “baby” has autism.
As Easy As Riding A bike?
Published in Exceptional Parent Magazine
Are you one of the 94 percent of American adults who knows how to ride a bike? Do you know that you are a mathematical marvel, a scientific superstar?
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