Our youngest son has several developmental delays, including speech delays. He has grown up very aware that he couldn’t speak like other kids, so rather then speak and get the sounds wrong he would remain silent. We could see that this was impacting his confidence and self image.
We enrolled him for Cyclabilities so that he could learn to ride a bike, but primarily we were interested in the communication, listening, and following instructions aspect of the program. It was a way to expand and practice his speaking and listening skills in a real world setting. The fact that the program has a really strong emphasis on bike and road safety was also extremely attractive, as sometimes our kids learn better in a peer environment. The fact that he learnt to ride a bike and cross the road safely (amongst other things) just seemed like the icing on the cake.
So the best outcome from this course is that Luke’s self-confidence grew. He had started off getting upset and frustrated with little hiccups along the way, but learnt with perseverance and practice that he could get better. He started to seek out the teachers and chat with them. He appreciated the feedback they gave. Since completing two terms of the Cyclabilities program he has gone on to join Joeys (Scouts), gotten a class award for his pride in his work and spoke very clearly at his school assembly yesterday. Something that never happened before. So thank you for helping this child to grow.