5yrs old now... Waving Hi :-)

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5yrs old now... Waving Hi :-)
Wed, 06-18-2008 - 9:36pm

hi gals, it's been along time since i've posted here.

My boy is now 5. Just wondering if your kiddos have been able to learn how to ride a bike? We've been at it for years. Even with help, riding trike or 2 wheeler w/training wheels he still can't 'get 't'.

I really thought there would be 'out growing' ha! He does sleep much better, still not through the night. He gets new 'phobias' easily. Transitions are still so hard! I am worried about him going into grade 1 next year. What i find frustrating is others not believing me about his needs.... kwim?

How was you experience of sending your SID kiddo who is hypersensitive side to Grade 1? Any BTDT would be nice. TIA








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Wed, 06-18-2008 - 10:05pm

I would love to hear your BTDT about kindergarten.

My DS has the sensitivity and anxiety issues too. We went to the next step and started meds and WOW! It is sure helping him (and thus the whole family) ALOT! We will see how he keeps progressing. It isn't something I would have thought I would do, but it has made a difference for him and he deserves to be happy.

As far as the bike, have you tried a "tag a long?" You hitch it to the back of your bike and away you go. The first few times are a bit tricky, however we go everywhere now. I've even seen one model that is actually the kids bike hooked to yours. So, you could start off on a ride together and (hopefully) before the meltdown you could hook to you and go.

There is also a bike they are making now with no pedals. DS discovered one at our local bike shop, rode around on it for 15 minutes and decided to go home and try his bike out (with training wheels). It really helps with balance.

Good luck. I look forward to hearing some advice before kindergarten.

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Thu, 06-19-2008 - 8:55pm

Hi Amber,

My DS is 7 and just finished first grade on Tuesday - I can't believe it! We have been at the bike riding for years as well and are getting close but still not quite there yet - some day soon I hope - if not oh well we have bigger fish to fry.

My DS has never had a problem sleeping through the night but he has had a big problem with transitions. The transitions have become a lot better in the past few years at home and at school. I make sure to always give him 10 minute, 5 minute and 1 minute reminders when we will be transitioning. At school most often they do that as well. When he was younger we used picture cues at home and at school and they helped with transitions to. I try to stick to a schedule so he knows what to expect when.

I have been pretty lucky that his school has been so willing to work with him and try new things. He has an IEP and gets OT, speech and reading help. His teacher has many sensory things like a weighted vest, squish balls and pencil chews that she uses with him. The school counselor even found this book called "Arnie and His School Tools: Simple Sensory Solutions That Build Success" and his teacher read it to the class hoping that the other kids would understand kids like him better. I since have bought a copy of the book to read at home. He has a hard time socially so the speech therapist uses social stories with him and he goes and sees the counselor each week to play games to help him socially. Next year the counselor is even planning on starting a social group to help him and a couple of other kids. Academically he is still doing well but we do have to work harder at it.

He can get so frustrated when he can't do something or when things don't go his way but we are working on it and I think in time it will get easier. He is a sweet and funny kid, all his little quirks make him even more special. I am trying to just accept him and enjoy him as he is because he is so great.-->-->

Edited 6/19/2008 8:57 pm ET by boobean2
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Fri, 06-20-2008 - 10:13am

Is this the bike you are talking about?...we are nowhere near

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Fri, 06-20-2008 - 11:45pm
Welcome back!!!!!!!!! I just had the meeting for Leanna's 504 plan going into 2nd grade in Sept. **shivers** First grade was tough for her as there is a lot more sitting activities and they have to listen and learn UGH we all know how fun that is lol. I guess it depends on the kid and how he did in Kindergarden though cause my 10 yo was fine through kindergarden to 3rd grade the problems are coming now. As for riding a bike Leanna finally did it a month before her 6th B-day, david was 7 so again I think it goes by the kid.



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Sat, 06-21-2008 - 10:23pm

Yes, this is the bike for balancing. DS picked it up in MINUTES, so you may want to make sure you can pass it on to someone once it is mastered.

Good luck!

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Tue, 06-24-2008 - 8:43am
My DS is dyspraxic and while he can ride well at 11 it took a loooooong time. But he was able to use the balancing bikes because you can walk it along and don't have to think about pedaling etc and it really helped him find his center of gravity.
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