I’m not sure how your teen is with fine and gross motor skills but my son has always needed all the extra help he can get. It took me 3 years to teach him how to pedal a bike…but, the balance part just wasn’t happening; no matter how hard we tried. We have been riding tandem bikes at the beach for over 6 years now but as soon as it’s time for him to get on his own bike, he just couldn’t get it. So, after all the tears, outbursts, meltdowns and drama, oh and broken bikes and training wheels; we finally had to take a break from the entire bike riding adventure. 😦 In case you were wondering…the tears, outbursts and drama came not only from our son but also his Dad and I! LOL 😉
Earlier this year, I was sent an email from a group called For This One and they would be hosting a bike camp called LoseTheTrainingWheels. ForThisOne states that:
Lose The Training Wheels™ is a nonprofit tax-exempt charitable organization that is much more than just a bike-riding program. For many people with disabilities, it’s a seemingly impossible task that they can typically master in less than a week’s time through our program. Within days of learning to ride, many children begin exhibiting independent behaviors at home. This achievement, in turn, creates a gateway of opportunity, helping them gain assurance and self-reliance in many other aspects of their lives.