This fun skills-based OT session is all about learning to ride a bike.

Do you remember the joy, freedom and sense of achievement you felt as a kid riding down the road with the wind blowing in your hair? Barefoot Therapists wants to help your children experience just this feeling.

It is a well-known fact that bike riding can contribute to the physical health and well-being of the riders. Research has also shown the positive impact riding can have on self-esteem and mental wellbeing.

Learning to ride a bike is a complex process. Children with sensory challenges, motor co-ordination, and anxiety issues can also impact on their ability to ride a bike independently. Our Barefoot program works with student’s individual needs to understand what modification or adjustments may need to be made to allow each student to become the most independent cyclists they can be.

This is an opportunity for kids to develop their balance, gross motor skills in a supportive but challenging environment. Students will work on various aspects of riding including co-ordination, motor planning and strength. Students will be empowered to care for and assess their bikes prior to riding.


The group will be coached by one of our Occupational Therapists who also happens to be a cycling enthusiast and Australian Age Group Triathlon Representative. New students will be assessed on their bike readiness, this will form the basis for the development of their goals.

  • Gross motor Skills

  • Balance

  • Braking and stopping introductions and safety briefings

  • Focus social skill for the session

  • Strength

  • Motor planning

  • Pack up and reflection