Kids with Special Needs Can Now Find Special Needs Bikes
Helping Children Experience the Thrill of Riding a Special Needs Bikes
Learning to ride a bike is a special part of growing up for children. Being able to hop on a bike and head out in the world creates a sense of independence that children crave. Today there are specially designed special needs bikes that extend that thrill to children with special needs.
Now there is a special website dedicated to helping parents of special needs children find mainstream toys that are well suited for play for their special needs children. AblePlay features reviews for special needs bikes to help parents select the perfect bike for their child's unique challenges.
Top Questions Parents Should Consider When Shopping for a Special Needs Bike
Balance Challenged: Are there bikes that can help my child balance? National Sporting Goods has designed some special needs bikes that help balance challenged children. Their injection-molded Ybike models looks almost like two-wheelers, but the bumper on the back actually houses two-wheels. It also has no pedals allowing a child to learn balance with the help and solidity of their feet. This model of special needs bike builds balance without the worry or challenge that pedalling a bicycle can often bring. Plus the cool, hip style looks super slick cruising down the driveway.
Extra Safety Concerns: The Little Tikes® 3-in-1 Trike is a great start in the biking world for little ones that need a little assistance. It has a height-adjustable adult-assist handle, three-point harness seatbelt, safety bar and fold-out foot rests. All those options allow for the adult to assit and the child to take the lead when ready.
Limited Leg Mobility: Some children have problems pedaling a bike. National Ambucs makes a great one called the Am-9S AmTryke. This model is really a special needs bike specially designed for a child who has limited leg mobility by allowing them to use their hands for propulsion. Three-point seat belt, parent assist handle and straps for the legs allow every child to ride along side their playmates.
Not Able to Bike it Alone: If your special needs child is too young or not able to bike alone, parents may wish to consider a tandem bike. A bike design we recommendfor a special needs bikes is the Buddy Bike. This bicycle provides seats the child in front. This allows the adult more control be being seated in back. A shorter wheel base builds stability and the child seat is lower for easy visibility. There are two levels of special needs bikes available in the tandem style. There is one Buddy Bike for novices and non-riders and another with all the bells and whistles of 27 speeds.
Benefits of a Special Needs Bike for Kids
- Riding a special needs bike provides needed exercise and movement
- It helps kids develop an improved sense of balance
- Children get to experience time in nature enjoying outdoor play
- Parents get an opportunity to teach kids about outdoor safety rules
- Biking provides kids a feeling of accomplishment and independence
- Children build self-esteem
Mobility is something many kids take for granted, like walking and running. Riding a special needs bike allows even those children who struggle with movements to get out, get active and see the world experience fun in the sun with their friends.
For more toys for special needs children and other play product ideas, including more information on these special needs bikes, go to www.ableplay.org