Getting Kids on the Path to Cycling

Mar. 01, 2017

 

In December 2016, Niagara Children’s Centre held a Bike Clinic, which allowed families with a child interested in biking as a recreational activity to connect with a physiotherapist, recreation therapist and social worker to get them on the right path. 

Bicycling is fun, and a great physical activity that promotes mobility and independence, while building balance, coordination, strength and endurance. Some of the children we support struggle to find fun things they can do with their friends and families, and so bicycling can be the perfect activity when the right supports and equipment are available. 

The goal of the clinic was to help match the child with the right bike and equipment and identify any necessary modifications. The physiotherapist worked to assess the child’s physical ability to ride the bike, while the recreation therapist worked with the family to find strategies for incorporating the activity into their lives and the social worker discussed funding options as costs can vary depending on the bike and modifications.

Thank you to Canadian Tire (4th Avenue) for donating several bikes, so that a variety of styles were available for each client to try before purchasing their own.  After the clinic, the Indoor Biking Group began in January for the kids to practice on their bikes in a safe, friendly environment before taking to the trails, paths and streets with their friends and families. 

Another clinic will be held in the spring, so if you’re interested in your child attending, talk to your therapist about a recreation therapy referral or connect with Karen, our recreation therapist.