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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby West Coast Ed. on Sat Aug 09, 2014 5:46 pm

TazDevil and others interested - You may find some useful information here -
http://theinspiredtreehouse.com/child-d ... ride-bike/
The authors are pediatric physical and occupational therapists who have articles, 'tips and tricks' and activities for kids, etc. regarding a variety of developmental issues. Hope you find something helpful.
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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby TazDevil on Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:49 am

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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby Sunnygirl on Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:50 pm

Agreed, it's good not to push them. Ds hated, and I mean hated water in his face. We went camping one summer though where there was a pool, he was about 7 or 8, and after a few days of living in the water he was splashing me continuously and I threatened to dunk him if he didn't stop. I followed through and dunked him eventually, and next thing I knew he was splashing me again, wanting to be dunked. It was like night and day! Could partly be an age thing too - was in our case anyway.
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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby TazDevil on Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:25 pm

So DS put his peddles on today and is riding a bike without issue, no training wheels. :D Really I cannot believe how well this technique worked for him after everything else failed.

Now off to try to find the magic technique to teach swimming.
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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby West Coast Ed. on Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:58 pm

Good news! Nice to hear of his success. I'm sure he'll make similar progress with swimming, when he's ready :)
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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby irishcream4me on Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:07 pm

I was just coming to post this article about a great program that teaches bike riding to school aged children with gross motor skill difficulties and I noticed your son figured it out independently which is fantastic! Here is the link in case others are interested: http://www.vicnews.com/neighbourhoods/s ... obile=true
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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby TazDevil on Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:25 am

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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby kidsense on Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:56 am

Yes through OTS.. I do believe that training also inhibits bike learning. Most importantly, a child needs those learning so that they can be able to develop balance and coordination. If a child has difficulties with balance and coordination they might fall easily, trip often or can’t ‘recover’ quickly from being off balance.

There are building blocks necessary to develop balance and coordination. They include: attention and concentration, Body Awareness, Bilateral integration, Crossing Mid-line, Hand eye coordination, Hand Dominance, Muscular strength / indurance and more.
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Re: Do training wheels inhibit bike learning?

Postby nigelrod on Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:31 pm

It is ideal not to let the training wheels overstay, it is necessary for the child to conquer their fears of falling off-balance.
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