Bike-riding is one of the joys of childhood. An innovative camp at the University of Illinois, Lose the Training Wheels, helps children with autism and Down syndrome master the skills necessary to ride a bike independently.
While the camp counselors work on improving participant's strength, coordination and balance, it is obvious that learning to ride a bike gives the campers far more than just the ability to ride a bike. Learning a new skill also gives them confidence and independence - two skills that will help them throughout their lives.
As the one woman in the video points out, we tend to obsess a little about learning slef-help skills such as dressing and cleaning, but forget the "fun" things that every child should have a chance to do. These "fun" things, such as riding a bike, are as big a part of life as self-help skills to kids and should not be overlooked. I wish there were more of these camps across the country!
Do you think that "fun" things for kids are as important as self-help skills?