Special Needs Bikes
Special Needs Bikes For Kids of All Abilities
Too often, people with cognitive or developmental disabilities have been unable to ride a bike. They were perhaps told by doctors and other health care providers that they would never be able to ride a bike. However, with the proper cycle and a proven learning method, this is changing!
For several years now, parents of children with special needs have been approaching us. They tell us how life-changing balance bikes have been for their children. Suddenly, a child that had previously been sitting inside while the other children rode their bikes is now riding right alongside them, grinning from ear to ear.
Kidvelo’s range of durable, lightweight bikes develops the skill of balance, and this provides a means for inclusive social interaction and play while developing and learning new skills.
Kids of all abilities can experience riding a bike with special needs bicycles. Adaptive bikes are specifically designed for people with physical and developmental disabilities. They offer an enhanced sense of freedom and mobility to those with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and more. The problem for children is that an adapted bike can highlight their struggles rather than letting them have fun alongside everyone else. Bikes without pedals, that are walked along with feet, strengthen limbs, improve coordination, and teach balance, improving mobility in an accessible way.
If traditional pedalling is difficult, you can also get bikes without pedals for older children to learn balance, control, and steering up to eight years. With the right assistive products, all kids can benefit from the fun and exercise of a relaxing bike ride.
More than Just a Bike!
Our range of Lightweight bikes is also proving to be FUN tools for Physio Therapists and teachers alike! What used to be tedious exercise has turned into a game of riding a bike! Several Occupational and Physiotherapy therapists have told us they are skipping the special needs equipment and are using our bikes instead. Children aren’t even aware they are still performing an essential range of motion, flexibility, strengthening, endurance, balance, and many other body mechanic skills by simply riding a balance bike!
It’s Never Too Late To Start To Learn How To Ride a Bike
At Kidvelo, we want all children to have an opportunity to experience life on two wheels. Our range of lightweight bikes is the perfect blend of safety, performance, and FUN, without the weight and complications of pedals. A balance bike promotes a natural, safe method to learn to ride without training wheels or stabilisers.
When working with a child that has additional challenges, flexibility is the key. So imagine a bicycle that you can use to improve balance, strength and coordination and that is super light to help children with low muscle tone but allows development through becoming a rider. The 2-in-1 bike, available in two sizes from Kidvelo is perfect.
If the child is showing signs that they could transition to pedals, then you can easily add them onto the same bike and try! It is easy to remove the pedals again if required.
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