In December 2002, my son Tim was diagnosed with Sensory Integration Dysfunction. We chose to complete the intense therapy treatment at DTA in Durham. We have been extremely pleased with the results we have had.
As with many SI people, Timmy had a few issues left: fear of falling and getting hurt were some we could not conquer. When I received the DTA flyer on the Cary Bike Riding Clinic, I knew I found the right learning environment.
Timmy felt comfortable riding a bike with training wheels. He was very excited about the class and instantly like his OT. Timmy requested that after “6 minutes” of riding with training wheels he would be ready to take them off. True to his word – Timmy was anxious to start his new adventure. His OT helped to adjust the bike for a better fit. He learned that he could ride a bike with his OT and me by his side initially. Timmy exclaimed, “That was easy!” He also felt confident enough to encourage a friend in his class to do the same. He loved “going around paradise” a parking lot island and being “King Timmy”. Each time around he became more comfortable with handling the bicycle. Timmy did not want to leave when the class was over. “It is great!”, “I love it”, “Look, I can ride a bike!” were just a few of the things that he was saying.
He is still talking to everyone about the “class” that taught him how to ride a bike. Timmy is still “practicing” the take off but enjoys riding around with his grandfather. Thanks for making the transition pleasurable!