...and Focus Cycling listens. Moved by the heart and soul that these children put forth in life, and spearheaded by one of our founding partners, we embarked in a labor of love with children afflicted with Autism. As such, we created a program that we are very proud to call "I can Ride." The program teaches autistic children to ride a conventional bike without training wheels. And the outcome has been behind encouraging. It has been phenomenal. Because of it, Focus Cycling considers this program its greatest achievement.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills and interaction with others, repetitive behaviors, obsessive interests, and difficulty with speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today. Autism spectrum disorder impacts the nervous system. Early recognition, as well as behavioral, educational, and family therapies may reduce symptoms and support development and learning.
I can Ride
Our "I can Ride" program for autistic children is spearheaded by our Specialized Programs Coach, Ricardo Paván. Ricardo has extensive background in neurolinguistics and psychology as they apply to children and adolescents. At present, he is responsible for designing curriculae and organizing sports and rehabilitation programs for children and adolescents with disabilities. His emphasis is on Autism, ASPERGER, Down Syndrome, ADD and selective mutism.
In addition to his academic background in the subject matters above, Ricardo is also an accomplished athlete with specialization in Cycling and Triathlons.