Posted by BLuborsky in Articles on Wed, Apr 4, 2012
It’s time to think about learning to ride that two-wheeler bike. One great method to try is to take the pedals off and lower the seat on the bike so your child can put her feet flat on the ground while learning to balance. Then start on a smooth surface that has only a very slight incline. Put the bike facing down on the incline and have your child sit on the seat with both hands on the handlebars and both feet on the ground. When she is ready, your child can simply pick up both feet and let the bike roll, balancing for as long as possible. The child then feels in control because he can put his feet down immediately when she feels like she is losing her balance. Gradually, the child will feel more comfortable and will be able to coast in this manner for longer and longer stretches.
Eventually, you can begin working on steering and when the child is totally comfortable, you can put the pedals back on and work on the pedaling and braking.
About Barbara Luborsky
Barbara Luborsky, OTR/L, has worked with children of all ages with various diagnoses including: autism/PDD, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, Down syndrome, learning disabilities, and sensory processing deficits. She has worked in the D.C. Public Schools (Evaluation Specialist), The Treatment and Learning Centers/ Katherine Thomas School (Senior O.T.), and Frederick County Infants and Toddler's Program. Barbara has attended continuing education seminars on topics including REI, Sensory Integration, Ergonomics, Family-Centered care, Neurodevelopmental Treatment, and NDT Treatment of the Baby. In addition to her pediatric practice, Barbara provides consultative services to various agencies in the region serving adults with developmental disabilities. She is currently working on publication of several parent resource tools. These include a video about facilitating development of hand skills in children, and Power Point presentations about various diagnoses designed to help families share information about their child with family and schoolmates.