For children with special needs, riding a bicycle does not come easy. For kids with Down syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy, trying to coordinate balance, pedaling and steering is an extremely difficult task. At LittleBig Bikes we want to enable all kids to have a go at using a bike, giving means for social interaction and group play. As the LittleBig is a proper bike, they’ll feel just like the other kids as they coast along independently.
I was looking for a bike for my daughter who has Dyspraxia and was struggling with heavy bikes and with pedals. She is in love with it… she loves the colour of it and is able to handle it really well. Colour – size – weight- quality all first class.
The LittleBig growing balance bike can help
The LittleBig’s unique design allows it to be used as a balance bike for 5 years, the pedals never need to be attached. If your child has slower growth (such as kids with Down syndrome), they may be able to use it for even longer. Kids with low muscle tone are fully supported by the saddle while they have their feet on the ground, making it even easier than walking. The light weight of the LittleBig means it is much easier to push forwards and steer than traditional kids bikes with stabiliser wheels.
Learning to glide along independently and developing their riding skill may also help with their motor skills, personal development and confidence building. Of course, using a balance bike ensures they’re getting lots of valuable exercise.
My first son has Autism and was 7 when he learned to get his balance on the LittleBig bike, and we had tried other bikes to no avail, my second son has Dyspraxia and learnt to cycle in 2 weeks using the bike, I lent it to a friend of mine with a boy with Autism and he also learnt to cycle using it and now its back to me and my youngest child is 4 tomorrow and we promised him we would put the pedals on it when he was 4, so its going to teach its fourth child how to cycle now, and its still in immaculate condition after 3 years. It’s an amazing bike.