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"DREAMS….If you can dream it, YOU CAN DO IT” Walt Disney

Right Fit Sport Wellness opened its doors committed to providing fitness and sports programs to youth and adults with or without special needs. Our fitness trainers use play as a tool to address the child’s needs and implement the individualized exercise program with structure and control. February 23, 2010 Leslie Murphy and Christine Ekis invited me to attend a meeting with a group of professionals dedicated to helping children with Special Needs achieve their goals through sharing of information and professional development. For any of us working with children it is important to collaborate with other professionals in order to best meet their many needs. August, 2012 Child and Adolescent Resource Network was officially launched! I am proud to be a part of this group and invite everybody to please become a part of this amazing effort. Imagine the obstacles we can overcome if we work together!

Suzanne M. Gray

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Karate at Right Fit with Sensei Greg

I started karate in 2003 at 12 years old because I was bullied in middle school. I wanted to learn self defense so I could protect myself against bullies. However, throughout the years of training, tournaments, and teaching, I have learned much more than just self defense. I learned not only confidence and discipline, but to believe in myself.
It is my hope as a special educator to allow students to believe in themselves in order for them to accomplish their own goals. I believe through karate it is possible to teach students valuable life lessons. If you set your mind to something, you can achieve it. For example, it was my goal to become a black belt and through many years of training and dedication I was able to achieve it. I noticed that by setting goals in karate I was also getting in the habit of setting goals in life as well as getting good grades in school. Being enrolled in karate has helped me set personal goals in life and I believe it can truly make a positive impact in anyone's life.

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.

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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!

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