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Old 01-12-2012, 04:19 PM
 
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Oh, I see, I thought she was trying to eventually get her to walk on her own. OMG, I suck at this thread.

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It's ok AM :) I will be your walking buddy anytime- we can just get bull horns cause I will be about a mile behind you saying slow down!!!! and you will be saying SPEED UP! And we can have coffee cake and coffee when we are done!

 


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I only consent to this if there is Bailey's involved.

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Baileys sounds GREAT!


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Well, Im not standing by my statement 100% that its exactly two miles, but its pretty close. And Im not doing it daily right now at 37 weeks pregnant in Janurary, so its not like I can test it today smile.gif Im not going to argue with you about the time, because I used to work for my neighbors and I had to walk there everyday with DD, so I know how long it took. Racewalkers average 7-8 minutes a mile, not 10. 


Her name escapes me (and now I hesitate to google orngtongue.gif), but there's an Olympic racewalker who trained (and maybe competed?) right through pregnancy. Not sure if it was during the depths of winter, though smile.gif.  Hey, I was just interested in figuring out what that pace looked like, that's all. I'm a pretty fast walker and a lot of people complain about trying to keep up with me. I've never clocked myself. I believe that 2 miles in 20 minutes is possible. Not for a 7 y.o. with SN though, but I think we all agree on that. 

 

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Get her a balance bike then.  If she's seven and not ready to learn to bike, then start her on a balance bike ASAP.  There are also clinics around the country for special needs kids to learn to ride a bike.  http://www.losethetrainingwheels.org/

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Get her a scooter! They are much easier to learn than a bike, and they also make 3-wheel ones for older kids if balancing is a challenge at all. The great thing about scooters is that you can control your speed much more than you can with a bike, and there is much less chance of falling. My 3yo scooters to daycare (about a 10-min walk) and my 8yo sometimes but not always walks home from her bus stop, which is about 20 min away on foot (weird, I know). FWIW, her stop is about exactly a mile away, so we are doing 20-minute miles here.

A child that age should also be able to walk that distance, but I would start slow and bring water and snacks, and carry her bag for her. Also, maybe start off just doing pick-up so there is no time pressure.


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Here is the 3-wheeler for older kids. My 3yo has the mini-Kick and we LOVE it.

http://www.kickboardusa.com/maxi

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They also have this! That could help if she gets tired, maybe, and looks better than a stroller, probably? I would be concerned about kids making fun of a 7yo in a stroller unless her SN are pretty visible.

http://www.kickboardusa.com/scoot-n-pull

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