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eddie1968
eddie1968 Community member Posts: 1 Listener
edited September 2016 in Cerebral Palsy Network
My nephew has asked for a bicycle, hes 8 with right sided  hemiplegia, I will get him one. How do i approach teaching and encouraging him? Im keen as its exercise, outdoors and confidence building.
How do i ensure i don't damage his confidence during learning process. Any help or advice appreciated.

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  • niceboots
    niceboots Scope Member Posts: 198 Empowering
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    Hi I have diplegia and taught myself to ride a bike at 9 years old (I'm nearly 30). I had previously ridden a tricycle and on the back of a tandem bike, which along with horse riding I think really helped improve my balance and coordination.

    The way I taught myself to ride a two wheeled bike, was to start on my younger brothers small bike, so it was easy to put my feet down (and less far to fall!) I started just by scooting it around, as I couldn't coordinate getting going and putting my feet on the pedals and starting to pedal. I used slopes to build up speed easier, then learnt that by keeping my more affected leg on the pedal and scooting with my 'better' side it was even easier...

    I would suggest starting on a bmx bike as they are lower, and you don't have to worry about gears. Or maybe try a 'balance bike' that has no pedals, or a scooter to help build up balance and confidence first....

    Best of luck!

    chris 

  • Blue Frog
    Blue Frog Community member Posts: 358 Empowering
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    Is there a Wheels for All group near you?
    http://cycling.org.uk/wheels-for-all/
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