On April 26, 2012, I had the opportunity to attend the Midwest District A.A.H.P.E.R.D Centennial Convention in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Being at a convention for physical education professionals I did not know what to expect. There was a wide range of exhibits showcasing different types of equipment, games, accessories, and information on nutrition and upcoming seminars.
All of the exhibits had new and interesting toys and games. They had different balls made of different materials and colors, card and board games, equipment for small spaces, and heart rate monitors and pedometers. I enjoyed meeting the sales representatives from the different companies and learning more about their products.
At the convention I gave a presentation with Suzanne and Sheena about Right Fit’s Raise the Bar© fitness program for youth and adults with autism. This was the first time I assisted in a presentation about special needs and fitness. I was not too sure how many people would show up with interest. We had a variety of people attend, including students, professors, and people who currently work with children with autism.
The hands on practical demonstration of the Raise the Bar© class seemed to be the most beneficial to everyone in attendance. This was where they could ask questions about what we do in the program and see how they could incorporate these ideas into their personal situations at work, school or with clients.
I highly recommend this conference. It was fun and an interesting professional experience for me. I learned about new teaching techniques and creative games and equipment to incorporate into my lessons with adults and children.
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