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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 is World Autism Day. One of only four official health-specific United Nations Days, this annual day focuses on bringing the world’s attention to autism.
One in 88 children are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). And the number of children with autism continues to grow. Between 2007 and 2012 there was a 78 percent increase in reported diagnoses. …
Traditional therapy options include behaviour and communication therapies, educational therapies, family therapies and medications.
Another option is gymnastics. Yes, gymnastics! …
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USA Gymnastics and Right To Play, a global organization that uses sport and play programs to educate and empower children facing adversity, recently joined forces to bring gymnastics and the opportunity to play to children across the United States.
National Gymnastics Day is a natural vehicle to provide outreach to disadvantaged youth.
With this year’s National Gymnastics Day less than two months away, USA Gymnastics is offering grants to USA Gymnastics member clubs that are creating special events to celebrate National Gymnastics Day and provide opportunities to children who currently do not have access to gymnastics. …
… three of the USA’s well-known gymnasts – 2012 Olympic all-around champion Gabrielle Douglas, 2008 Olympic horizontal bar silver-medalist Jonathan Horton and 2008 Olympic team silver-medalist Alicia Sacramone – will serve as Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors and co-chairs of National Gymnastics Day. …
Up to 25 $1,000 grants are available to USA Gymnastics Member Clubs.
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Coach Terry Parish recommended a 4-day training course he recently completed in Special Needs Gymnastics.
BIG FUN is the ultimate playground for special needs individuals of all ages. We offer families throughout southern California occupational therapy services, gymnastics, swimming, after-school enrichment programs, social skills, camps, art classes, parent and me, activities for autistic children, social skills training for autism, and more….
Fun and Effective Activities for Autistic Children
Look for a BIG FUN facility near you. 10 locations to choose from! …
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Special needs is a large under-served market.
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EXCELLENT new video from Tumbl Trak. :-)
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Published 2004, Rescuing the Emotional Lives of Overweight Children: What Our Kids Go Through — and How We Can Help is a book by Sylvia Barkan Rimm.
Dr. Sylvia Barkan Rimm (born 1935) is an American psychologist specializing in parenting, child development and learning. She has written books on raising gifted children, success for girls, and communication skills.
… In a recent study of 15 countries, including the United States, the U.S. had the dubious honor of being ranked first in the prevalence of overweight and obese adolescents. …
Overweight children were five times as likely to describe their self-confidence as poor compared to average-weight children. They were much more likely to describe themselves as lonely, sad, fearful, and different.
Overweight girls were less likely to describe themselves as popular or beautiful. Overweight boys were less likely to describe themselves as athletic. Overweight children were much more worried about almost everything, and very over-weight children were three times as worried about their futures than average-weight children. …
The Six-Step Healthy Rescue Plan
Be a coach, instead of a judge.
Go for the goal.
Recruit additional support.
Design a nutritional plan.
Organize an exercise effort.
Things will continue to get worse before they get better. :-(
Some overweight children can handle the extra social pressures.
It may even be more normal to be heavy at a young age than it was in the past.
But best practice would be to get your children early into good exercise and eating habits.
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I dropped in on my old friend Darlene Traviss at her new facility, Flip Factory in N.E. Calgary.
Darlene’s that rarity. An entrepreneur in socialist Canada. (Most gyms are parent governed in Canada.)
Her club is staying away from competitive Artistic gymnastics. But they offer just about everything else.
Preschool makes up about 60% of the membership.
Trampoline, Circus, Demo Team (Gymnaestrada), …
When construction is complete, here’s the goal:
5,600 square feet of gym space which houses: 4 full size trampolines, a 40′ tumble track, a 40′ x 40′ sprung floor exercise space, a large foam pit, indoor toboggan hill for preschoolers, 40′ bouldering wall, beams, low tight ropes, slack lines, bars (including a pit bar), lots of climbing ropes, rings and vaulting apparatus.
• Mission Impossible obstacle course
• Reverse Bungee: a giant jolly jumper
• Gladiators: semi-combative challenges
• Parkour on a dedicated circuit, complete with tramp wall
Special Needs kids are welcomed:
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
ADD and ADHD
Autism and Asperger’s
An additional 2000 square foot mezzanine space houses our Tot Drop-In during the daytime. This area is filled with equipment specially designed for 1 – 5 year olds: Mats of all shapes and sizes, slides, climbing apparatus, ball pits and more. Equipment configuration and pieces change weekly. This gym is well padded and encourages movement and exploration. A seating area for parents built into the space makes it a perfect spot to hang out with friends while letting preschoolers burn off energy! The mezzanine space is cleared and available to other groups in the evenings.
A 750 square foot hardwood dance studio is used for our fitness classes and is also available to other groups.
Two spacious birthday party rooms are available for eats and treats after activities in the gym are finished up.
CONGRATULATIONS Darlene. I’m completely impressed.
Learn more about the gym at flip-factory.com
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Questions to consider before you start a special needs team
by Natalie Keller Reinert
The U.S., Canada and Great Britain together now boast more than 300 special needs cheer teams, giving children and adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to shine on the mat. Hailed by parents and researchers alike as a transformative experience for kids who might feel socially cut-off from the rest of the world, cheerleading can bestow confidence, pride and friendship upon its participants.
Starting a special needs team at your gym, however, is not an overnight decision. There are many things that should be considered …
read the full article on Cheer Biz News – Starting a Special Needs Team
I saw that on the Tumbl Trak February 2012 newsletter.