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.

Peach Therapy

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!).

My tribe

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.

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