Learning to ride a bike with dyspraxia.
Can you ride a bike with dyspraxia?
Developmental coordination disorder (DCD), also known as dyspraxia, is a condition affecting physical coordination. It causes a child to perform less well than expected in daily activities for their age, and appear to move clumsily. 1 in 10 people have some degree of dyspraxia.
The issues with coordination and balance can make learning to ride a bike difficult. The results of trying can lead to being scared after one too many accidents. Children’s confidence takes a knock if still using stabilisers when others their age are happily cycling around them.
If you haven’t already introduced bikes, the problem often shows up when kids start to undertake bike riding instruction at school. As most dyspraxia diagnoses in the UK, don’t occur until the age of 5, these kids often get sidelined as they can’t join in.
It is never too late to learn!
At Kidvelo we have devised a solution: no-pedal bikes for older kids. The Rookie 14 and Rookie 18 bike uses the principle “keep things simple and light” and improve balance first, then when ready, easily fit pedals.
Once balancing has improved, then convert, you can easily fit the included pedal kit. This can be put on or taken off as required, ideal for handing the bike to the next budding rider or taking a step back if required. Kidvelo’s three-step approach is allowing children who have been told they couldn’t learn to ride a bike..ride!
Choose the right bike.
Kidvelo bikes are light no-pedal bikes fitted with calliper brakes and footrests. There is nothing to confuse the kids, so they find this method safe and fun. Once the balance has been established, normally demonstrated by an ability to lift their feet for 10 seconds and maintain control, the pedal kit gets fitted. We have manufactured bikes for children with additional challenges, specifically designed to help.
You have our support.
One of the co-founders, Karen Wood, is a former medical rep with years of experience of working with children’s disability teams. She witnessed the frustration when children and parents were being told their child wouldn’t be able to ride a bike due to poor balance. Knowing there had to be a solution to make cycling accessible for everyone, the Kidvelo Rookies were designed to help. Every customer receives a simple PDF guide with helpful hints and tips for getting the most out of your bike and please Contact us if you wish to discuss the bike’s suitability for your child. It is never too late to learn as this child with dyspraxia demonstrated.