We find group instruction to be preferable over one-on-one private instruction, especially as the children become more willing to try and put in an effort upon seeing peers engaged in similar activities and trying – and being successful.
In our camp format, we work with about 5 to 8 children at one time, and then switch to another group, and yet another group as the day goes on. Slightly more than one hour per day of riding instruction is adequate, typically 75 minutes, to permit the children to learn. We normally handle about four groups per day, say of about 6 children per group, for a total of about 24 children per week. Our largest enrolled camp to date has had five sessions with 8 children per session — thus with forty children enrolled. We take it as a given that the child, possibly your child, has been unsuccessful in the past in attempts to lose the training wheels, and that a variety of reasons may have been responsible for that lack of success.
Dr. Richard Klein with one of our adapted roller trainer bikes. The Lose The Training Wheels™ program uses a special design of bicycle, which we refer to as an adapted roller trainer bike. In reality, our therapy utilizes a progression of trainer bikes, so the children start riding on ultra-stable bikes and then progress towards what we can call normal bikes – a conventional bike without those dreaded training wheels. The adapted trainers are intended as stepping-stones to allow the child to graduate onto conventional bikes. By utilization of a clinic format, the adapted trainers, although somewhat expensive and intricate to custom build, are used by numerous children and thus the costs of the therapy per child are held within bounds.
Rainbow Trainers has devoted years of university level research to prepare us to work with children with reluctance and even fear, as well as physical and cognitive limitations. A core group of specialists, consisting of university professors as well as adapted physical education specialists has published preliminary results. The group continues to document and make our findings and techniques known so that more children might benefit. Our goal is that each child entering the program is afforded the opportunity to become an independent bicycle rider.