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Gross Motor Skills and Autism --Sandra Hubbard

Kids who have autism tend to have deficiencies in both fine and gross motor skill. Research has shown that speech, social, and motor skills are all interrelated, therefore working on gross motor skills can help to improve all of these areas. Repetition is a great way to work on these skills and consistency is a crucial part of it. So if you, the parent, are working with your child on specific skills make sure you communicate with others such as: teachers, therapists, and others who may be able to provide activities that can also help your child reach his/her goals. This will benefit your child by enabling him to better relate to his/her peers because of their improved motor ability.

‘Run the Ridge 5K’ benefits kids struggling with obesity --Suzanne Gray

Last month, Right Fit Sport Fitness Wellness organized the 9th annual Run the Ridge 5K run/walk at County Line Square in Burr Ridge. Every year, the beneficiaries have been nonprofit organizations chosen because of their presence and work with special needs populations. This year, the 5K committee chose ProActive Kids Foundation, devoted to helping youth and their families who struggle with obesity. ProActive Kids, along with Right Fit, strive to improve the overall health of youth through changes in both exercise and dietary habits. Youth obesity is such a prevalent issue in today’s society. With the increase in sedentary screen time activities, video games and television, youths rarely receive the amount of daily physical activity that their growing minds and bodies require. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 more than a third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Right Fit and PAK have partnered to provide these youth struggling with obesity opportunities to become physically active in a safe, friendly and fun environment.

How Can I Incorporate and Remind Myself to Exercise During the Day? --Brad LaRocque

ProActive Kids Class

It seems everybody is busy these days, but that is not an excuse to skip exercising. Exercise doesn’t have to be done all at once, it can be done in little bursts throughout the day. There is no set time or repetition amount, just as long as you get up more than a couple times a day to do an exercise. If you were to get up and do a few jumping jacks, you will be doing your body some good than if you were to just sit. By the end of the day these little bursts of exercising could add up to a really good workout. Whenever I have 2-5 minutes free I will do an exercise, whether its jumping jacks, planks, pushups, sit-ups, squats, or a quick 5 minute walk. There are many easy and quick exercises you can do in a short amount of time. To work your legs you can do a couple squats, standing up and sitting down in your chair. If you would like to work your abdomen, a Russian hold is a good exercise. Whether you’re sitting at work, home, or school, just pick your feet up off the ground for a couple seconds then put them back down for a couple repetitions. The best exercises are the ones where we are getting up out of our chairs and moving around.

Right Fit Provides Teacher In-Service at La Grange Elementary

Suzanne Gray, Eric Stone and Sheena Leedham of Right Fit Sport Fitness Wellness, recently gave a three hour in-service to twelve Physical Education and Health La Grange School Teachers on Proper Environment and Power of Play for Special Populations.

Suzanne covered the basics of Raise the Bar and its implementation in the classroom for children with and without special challenges. She elaborated on the D.I.M.E approach(design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation) when planning for any new fitness program. Sheena identified sensory processing hurdles many children with special needs face in the physical education school setting. Sheena also provided the teachers an array of strategies and solutions to meet individual and group sensory needs. Eric presented strength and conditioning exercises suitable for children and adults with special challenges and later showcased proper form and technique.

Moving Steel at Right Fit

Sunday, December 9th 2012, the APF/AAPF Raw Power Competition was held at Right Fit Sport Fitness Wellness from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Spectators enjoyed this local sports event, watching male and female powerlifters of all ages, shapes and sizes. It was no surprise Right Fit Coach Eric Stone entered two teen age clients with special needs to set personal records in the Bench Press! We were equally amazed at the power, grace, and strength of beautiful Dawn Maroscher, from Monster Garage Gym. What a role model for every BODY especially women!
To learn more about Dawn Maroscher visit: http://www.monstergaragegym.com/.

Although we don’t hold weekly powerlifting meets, it’s definitely the “right” sport that complements everything we hope to achieve at our inclusive facility! In fact, we’re now offering a new class called Push the Slider for youth with autism and special physical challenges. Push the Slider was designed to develop strength and endurance while pushing this mighty piece of equipment along the turf.

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