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Great for my daughter with Autism!
on May 30, 2012
I never write reviews. This in all reality may be my very first one. But it is such an important review to give.
My 6 yr old daughter has Autism. We are a family of four. Daddy, Mommy, 8 yr old sister and 6 yr old. Our 8 year old daughter learned to ride without training wheels last fall and got a new bike for her birthday. We had wanted to go bike riding as a family. I got a new hybrid bike in March and got my husband a bike at the beginning of May.
Our 6 year old refused to learn to ride. REFUSED. She was terrified. So I researched and was going to buy the USA JR Bike Stabilizer Wheels sold here on Amazon, get her a 20 bike and attach those monster of stabilizers to it.
So first, we decided to use bribery as a inticement. She really wanted to paint her room a pretty princess color. So for two days, Daddy and I spent our time hunched over her old bike with regular training wheels. Other than sore shoulders and backs, what we learned was that she did not have all the skills necessary to ride a bike on her own. She could not steer, remember to pedal, deal with the sensory inputs, balance and not get distracted by her shadow or dust motes in the sun.....She just did not have the skill set yet. And add anxiety to that mix and it is a disaster.
Not to be outdone and wanting us to ride as a family, I went back to research and found this tandem hookup. Showed it to my husband and he instantly agreed to try it. Ordered it on Thursday night and had it shipped for Saturday delivery.
Our daughter was so excited to see it arrive Saturday morning. And that afternoon, it was attached to Daddy's bike and they took a turn around the block. She was very nervous but excited. So next morning, we were off to a small walking path. She kept yelling for Daddy to stop at first because she was scared. After a couple of stops, he just kept riding. Soon, I could hear "WHEEEEEEEEE" as he went around a corner. She did not pedal at first. On the ride back, I rode behind her reminding her to pedal by switching legs. What a sight and sound we were! LEFT! RIGHT! LEFT! RIGHT! Praisiing her all the way.
So Memorial Day weekend was our big test. We went to the Blackstone River Bike Path. As a family, we rode a total of 5 miles. She pedaled all the way, yelling "WHEEEE" and "Daddy, go FASTER!!!!" She was so happy. And so were we.
This is an awesome product. I have already contacted Kent International and ordered a bike hitch attachment for easy switching between my husband's bike and my bike.
If you have a child with a disability or just fear of riding on their own, this is a great product to get them used to the feel of biking, get the love of riding, get used to the sensory inputs and over their fears. I cannot recommend this enough!!!!