Brainwave has supported an innovative Monash Children’s Hospital new program teaching children with disabilities to ride a bike, by purchasing two specially customised bikes to be utilised as part of the program.

Responding to patient demand, the program is the brainchild of Monash Children’s Hospital paediatric physiotherapist Rachel Toovey.  The bike skills program empowers children with neurological conditions to feel a great sense of achievement and pride by learning to ride a bicycle whilst encouraging motor skill development – something the rest of us take for granted.

Since January 2014, three bicycle skills programs have been run for groups of 6 – 8 children aged 5 – 18 years with conditions such as cerebral palsy, cancer and acquired brain injuries and there are now over 40 would-be participants on the waiting list. Parents take part along with their children and practical guidance is provided for home practice so the riding can continue after the official program concludes. The program has been a huge success with the majority of children achieving their bike riding goals including riding without training wheels. A huge achievement for all!

Maybe you’d like to donate to Brainwave to help us continue to make children mobile.  Contact Brainwave on 1300 766 819 or make a donation.