Get ready to do your happy dance! Parker made a huge accomplishment at physical therapy this week: he rode a bike for the first time!
We’ve been working with a lot of anticipation and some frustration over the last year teaching Parker to peddle a bike on his own. In our attempts to motivate and teach Parker how to ride a bike I have:
Bribed him with fruit snacks, marshmallows, chocolate, etc.
Encouraged Parker to try to run over my toes
Attempted to ride Parker’s bike myself to show him how it’s done, only to realize my adult-size legs are not compatible with a toddler-size bike
Desperately crawled along the floor with Parker on the bike, pushing his feet against the peddles for him, hoping he would get the idea
Despite our relentless efforts, Parker would usually jerk the handles back and forth for a bit before saying “all done, all done, ALL DONE.” He just couldn’t grasp how to move and coordinate his legs. Then this week, something just clicked. This particular tricycle style and the foot straps on the peddles certainly helped. But I think this is also another example of our increased time spent in physical therapy and Dysport starting to pay off.
We just knew once he figured it out, he would love it. And I think he does! Riding a bike isn’t just fun, it provides Parker with a new opportunity for mobility and independence. I’m looking forward to practicing and enjoying his new, well-earned skill.