Emerson Hospital’s Clough Family Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies is hosting its fifth annual bike camp for children and adults with special needs during April school vacation week — April 20-24, 2020. Held at Lawrence Academy, the camp is open to those who are at least eight years old, have special needs and are able to walk without an assistive device. Trained counselors and spotters work individually with campers to teach them how to ride a conventional bike.
“Riding a bike is one of the most exciting developmental milestones - it gives children a wonderful outlet for exercise and freedom and is an activity that families can enjoy together,” said Sarah Attridge, DPT, Pediatric Physical Therapist, Emerson Hospital. “We are excited to offer the Bike Camp to give people individualized instruction and the skills necessary to ride a bike on their own. Every year it is thrilling to see the campers make tremendous progress and we are excited to welcome this year’s campers.”
The camp is run by iCan Shine, a national non-profit organization that teaches individuals with special needs to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle through its iCan Bike program. Using adapted bicycle equipment, trained professionals, including pediatric physical therapists from Emerson, work closely with each camper to help them meet their goals of biking independently. With 75 minutes of daily instruction over five consecutive days, more than 80% of campers learn to ride independently by the end of camp, and nearly all campers make great progress towards biking on their own.
The iCan Bike camp will be held at the hockey rink at Lawrence Academy, 26 Powder House Road, Groton, Massachusetts. Participants must be able to attend the same 75 minute daily session during each of the five days of camp. Parents and/or caregivers are required to stay during their camper's 75-minute session where they can observe from the sidelines. For more information and for campers and volunteers to register, please visit: icanshine.org/ican-bike-groton-ma, or call 978-589-6922 or email email@example.com. Sponsors of this year’s bike camp are: Lawrence Academy, Spring Hill Suites, Hilton Garden Inn Devens, Bay State Apparel, Cataldo Gift and Garden Shop, and Goodale’s Bike store of Nashua.