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Dyspraxia/dcd and peddling!

(8 Posts)
feynman Sat 06-Aug-11 13:32:10

How do you get children with dyspraxia/dcd to learn to pedal. I don't mean going without stabilsers just actually pedaling. Also if you have children who have managed this, what age where they when they were able to do it.

EllenJaneisnotmyname Sat 06-Aug-11 16:12:03

DS has ASD rather than Dyspraxia but it took him ages to get peddling. We found he was better on a bike with stabilisers rather than a trike. Something about his legs going down rather than forward. Also a bike with pedals that couldn't freewheel, so they go round if the bike is moving. HTH

EllenJaneisnotmyname Sat 06-Aug-11 16:12:59

He was about 5. Took stabilisers off at 8.

Vinniesbisqwits Sat 06-Aug-11 16:18:56

DC still cant hes ASD, Dyspraxic now hes to scared to even try after falling off he has helmet elbow and knee pads but he wont eventry a Balance bike sad

looneytoons Sat 06-Aug-11 17:30:00

Mine was about 6 when he learnt to pedal. He never learnt to ride without stabilisers.

survivingsummer Sat 06-Aug-11 20:03:45

My dd isn't dyspraxic but has similar co-ordination difficulties and low muscle tone. She learned to pedal at 3 yrs though partly because we tried lots of bikes and found one with a smaller turning circle that she could manage.

create Sat 06-Aug-11 20:22:20

DS1 isn't dyspraxic, but has some co-ordination problems, although no diagnosed SN, (unless hypermobility counts, which it doesn't)

He out grew a trike two bikes before he learned to pedal. In the end his OT taught him to ride a bike. First by removing the pedals and treating the bike as a balance bike and once the pedals were replaced, on a slight downhill slope to begin with. It took a week of 1 hour sessions everyday. He was 8. Now at 10 he's never off the bike - I never thought the day would come.

In hindsight I really should have left it alone when he was small and let him stick to his scooter /got him a balance bike until he was ready. We had shouting and tears at the prospect of even getting on it - If it wasn't for the fab OT, I'm still not sure it would ever have happened.

TheTimeTravellersWife Sat 06-Aug-11 22:44:14

DD is 8, has only just learnt to peddle. She can't balance enough for a bike, so she has a peddle go-kart. She has DCD and ASD and low muscle tone.

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