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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby TazDevil on Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:09 pm

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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby TazDevil on Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:13 pm

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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby onceinvic on Thu Aug 07, 2014 7:54 pm

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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby morningcalm on Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:12 pm

DCD is usually diagnosed through a combination of assessments made by an OT, Psychologist, and Paediatrician. According to an OT that I know, an OT assessment is the most important document needed for a diagnosis of DCD. I am not surprised that the Paediatrician will not provide a diagnosis. It has nothing to do with medication... They don't in my experience administer the assessments that OTs use.
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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby OnceHarmony on Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:26 pm

We have found private and semi-private swim lessons to be the best for our DD.

We can discuss with DD's instructors any issues DD has and they will tailor the class for her. She also doesn't like to put her face into the water and the instructors she has had during private and semi-private lessons have never forced the issue.

We have found sharing the lessons with a friend to make it a semi-private lesson makes it more affordable.

DD advances in leaps and bounds during private and semi-private lessons. They have helped us and DD. We love them.

Of course, others experiences may be different.
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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby West Coast Ed. on Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:33 pm

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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby nolan's mom on Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:27 pm

Taz you should look at your extended benefits to see if they may cover a portion of a psyc assessment, physio and/or an OT assessment. Unfortunately there can be very long waits for assessments in the school system, so this may be a way to ease the burden and yet still help your son by getting some tools in place for him.
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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby beany on Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:46 pm

I always copy our assesments for the school so they can work with him in the way he needs best. we could never wait as long as the school lists are. As fir swimming lessons, I agree with private or semi private, we ended up going that way so they could fit it with his abilities and work from there. I found them very accomodating but that being said it was when I started taking him to public swimming faithfully twice a week and working with him disguised as playing that he really progressed. He swims in a funny fashion but he can swim. At `12yrs last winter skating clicked with him and within a few trips to the rink all of a sudden he could do it. Just takes him years longer than most and it is done differently but he does it.
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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby TazDevil on Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:48 pm

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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby TazDevil on Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:50 pm

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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby TazDevil on Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:52 pm

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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby TazDevil on Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:02 pm

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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby West Coast Ed. on Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:23 pm

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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby Samandemma on Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:04 am

We have known several families whose children have taken the Pedal Heads programme and have been able to progress from arriving at the class with training wheels still on their bikes to riding confidently without training wheels by the end of the first class (about a 3 hour class). I think that each child's needs are different and what may be effective for one child or many, is not necessarily helpful for another child. If the balance bikes were available when our child is young we would have started her with it.
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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby Vaccin8tor on Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:33 am

TazDevil: re: face in the water

I am sure you have tried this - but if not, get your son a pair of GOOD goggles (our favourite are the kid ones available at MEC - they are more than goggles, i.e. for snorkelling rather than the flimsy little normal swimming goggles) and it can be the difference between a kid not putting their face in the water, and trying to find the 'cars' 'trains' (whatever floats your kid's boat) at the bottom of the pool!

http://www.mec.ca/product/5035-010/aqua ... &q=goggles

Although these look good too, made by same company:

http://www.mec.ca/product/5030-690/aqua ... gles-kids/
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