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Old 01-01-10, 02:58 PM   #1
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So proud!

My oldest son CJ asked me if today if he could try riding his bike today, WITHOUT his training wheels. He's been kind of behind in this since he is on the mild to moderate range of Autism and he'll be turning 8 this June. So I started him off with just one training wheel and within 15 minutes after that he was on only two wheels!!! Made my day/night seeing it click for him and doing as great as he did!! Hopefully his younger brother will be more willing to even get on a bike! LOL
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Old 01-01-10, 03:10 PM   #2
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Very cool dcswan !

Nice way to end/start a new year. It put a smile on my face.
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That's great!
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Old 01-01-10, 03:54 PM   #4
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Thanks tjspiel and BikerMike, made for a great new start to a new year to say the least! I hope the rest of the year goes well and is good for everyone else as well.
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So AWESOME! Congratulate him for us!
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Emulating dear ol'dad. Happy New Year indeed dcswan.
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Congrats CJ!!! Congrats dcswan!!!

The World is out there...

Enjoy the Ride!
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Thanks everyone, he and I excited to say the least. I know this wasn't really commuting related and I was going to put it in general but was too excited when I posted and forgot to check on that. Still all good though, a future commuter in the making!
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As a father of 3 I know how you feel....

Congrats to you and to the little guy.
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Congratulations to both of you! It reminded me of my daughter's first ride.

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It wasn't that long ago when I let go of my son and let him ride on his own around the parking lot at work. He wasn't 'ready', but he never is for something new and frequently has to be 'pushed' to try. When he succeeds it is the greatest feeling to see the excitement in his face. Those are good memories you will never forget.
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Yay! Congratulations. I can't wait for my son to ride. He's 2 now and I plan to get him one of these for his third birthday:

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Great post!
Training wheel removal was a BIG day for my kids.
Great way to bring in the new year!
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That is great.

Why did you go to one training wheel? It would seem that riding with one training wheel is more difficult than with none.
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That's great! Congrats to your son and you!
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We have to take things in stages with our son. He hates change and can be difficult at times. It all stems from the level of autism plus with the aspergers added into the mix. He doesn't have it to the point where he can't talk and such, but is very particular in things and has to have everything just so. So I figured work one step at time to "ease" him into something new. He seemed to teeter off and on with just the one wheel on but for the most part kept it off the ground. He heard the sound difference of when he had the training whell on the gound and not, so he knew when he was on just two wheels. Just a comfort thing for him to get a feel of balance and such. Maybe it didn't do any of that and he just picked it up, either way, something worked

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Outstanding!

I still remember that day! My Mom & Dad were almost as excited as me! It was an awesome feeling of freedom...
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We've had the occasional kid with either autism or Asperger's and they show the same general kind of characteristics. We've one at the moment who must do his warm up first if he arrives a bit late, even if he doesn't need to for the activity we're doing.

No problem, tho' we just work his needs into his participation and let him take some time out if the stress is getting a bit much for him. Great little rider tho'.

Wonder if I could be allowed some time outs when I'm getting a bit stressed? Still, if you can't take a joke, you shouldn't take up coaching kids
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