“We are still working on Declan’s bilateral coordination skills. I have put him on a tricycle, but he didn’t stay long as he couldn’t figure out how to push the pedals. If I am on him as soon as he sits and push his legs down, he has some success in moving the tricycle forward. If he stops, he forgets what to do and leaves. Same with riding a scooter. He has a hard time starting, but if I move his leg with my hand he is able to get started. We will keep working on these skills.”
Gosh, I loved Declan’s Occupational Therapist when he was in preschool. She was the best. Yes, she worked with him on all the school based activities to help him get ready for Kindergarten – using scissors, holding a pencil, matching colors, various fine motor skills. But she also taught him a lot of things for him to use outside of the classroom, bike riding and scootering included.
When he left preschool, he still was unable to do these activities. But with hours spent on the street, and me mimicking what she taught me to get him started, Declan started scootering in the fall. And then, pushing his legs forward, I got him started on his bike.
Yesterday the weather was warmer, so we took to the street and began to relearn how to ride a bike. After pushing his legs again, he got the idea and was able to ride the bike forward all by himself. He is still working on turns – and the next time we try we may have to start from scratch again – but we have another first!
“You Tube Declan” is evoked every time I lift the camera. He begins making his own video. So here he is, You Tube Declan riding his bike for the first time!
And when he realized I had turned the camera off before he could sign out of his You Tube video, he asked that I let him film his closing remarks: