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Piano Update Live from Right Fit!

Playing piano now for roughly 2 months, Karan’s piano skills have definitely evolved.

Every Saturday Karan and I tackle a new song, skill, or scale during our 15 minute lesson. So far we have learned C and D scale (2 octaves high), proper technique utilizing both the right and left hand, and approximately 9 songs.

In the video attached you’ll have the chance to view how Karan showcases fine motor control as he correctly strikes each key. You'll see his tendency to use any finger to strike a particular key, but after proper prompting, he uses correct fingering to strike each key. This skill is by far the most challenging to learn and master amongst this special population. Soon enough Karan will automatically collect and utilize these skills as we continue to learn new scales and songs.

http://sharing.theflip.com/session/32109e7d03ec9ae5da68b366b7488f1f/vide...

Fit In Fitness for Kids with Special Needs

Be sure to read a recent article titled “Fit in Fitness for Kids with Special Needs: Kids with special needs are at greater risk for obesity and the problems that go with it” in the summer edition of Chicago Parent.

Read how Suzanne Gray shows light on how PLAY and FITNESS are two interventions that minimize the risks for child obesity and increase the longevity of healthy choice making, including overall emotional, behavioral and developmental health.

http://www.chicagoparent.com/magazines/special-parent/summer-2012/fit-in...

Courtney crossed the finish line of the Codilis & Associates, P.C. "Run the Ridge" 5k Run/Walk & Kid's Dash.

Courtney making Sheena laugh!

Early on Saturday morning, June 23rd 2012, Courtney and her family approached the pre-registration table smiling and in high spirits. Finally the day had come to celebrate the fact that this particular 5K race was benefiting the Turning Pointe foundation, furthering Courtney’s education and supporting Turning Pointe’s and Right Fit’s mission in meeting the needs of children and families touched by autism.

After marking in their attendance and upon receiving their race bibs and t-shirts, I noticed Courtney had come to the race PREPARED. Snugly on her back she had her back pack, stuffed with the essentials: fruit, nuts, water, and her sketch pad. As we began to make our way to the starting point, I realized we were missing on more essential.. “Benny the Bull.” Everyone at Right Fit knows that as Courtney and I make our way for our weekly walks, one of two (ok, sometimes both) air- filled animals must be with us, Benny the Bull and/or Danny the Dino. So it was only appropriate that one of the two join us on this day. It was Benny’s lucky day!

Clarendon Hills girl finds good fit with Right-Fit program

Click on the link below to read how Courtney McClear is a good fit at Right Fit!

http://clarendonhills.suntimes.com/news/13281946-418/clarendon-hills-gir...

Emphasize the PLAY in (P)hysica(L) (A)ctivit(Y)

I often encourage parents, trainers, and coaches to look back and remember how much fun came from the countless hours many of us spent playing in our backyards, parks and physical education classes. Did you ever realize how this helped us develop basic movement fundamentals? I bet you were having too much fun to even notice! Take a look at youth today and compare how much "play" many of them get to experience.

A picture is worth a thousand words. I invite you to enjoy these photos of youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders enjoying fitness activities during the Raise the Bar Fitness Class. At Right Fit, we believe in the solid prinicple "A sound mind is a sound body." -Suzanne

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