A Very Memorable Student Learns to Ride a Bike

Yesterday I had the great opportunity to teach Hayden to ride without training wheels.  Every student comes to me with unique circumstances centered around fear, frustration, helplessness, or a combination of any of the three.  Hayden is 10 years-old and has un-medicated ADHD.  This creates an extra dimension as a blockade to learning, where all three issues are present–especially frustration.

My lesson plan was the same as always, as there was, of course, no reason to change the principles of learning to ride.  But I remained vigilant to making sure Hayden was comfortable with what we were doing and that he communicated his thoughts throughout the process.  He would fidget with his helmet or flex his hands to relieve his stress. But once we got close to getting him to roll unassisted, those distractions went away.  He was focused on keeping a straight line and maintaining his balance.

No picture available of Hayden since he said he was afraid of being a YouTube sensation.  During the lesson, I asked him if he was having fun.  He blankly stated, “No.”  Once he was riding, a huge smile showed up on his face.  I asked again.  He said, “Yes.”

And that is why the Bike Whisperer is still teaching kids to ride, one cyclist at a time.  Thanks Hayden.


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