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Exploring Possibilities: Physical Therapy for Children with Autism

Do you know that 1 in 36 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? This is according to estimates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network1. In addition to ASD affecting how children perceive and socialize with others, they often face challenges with motor skills, balance, […]

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Dancing Towards Wellness: How Dance Therapy Benefits Children with Autism

Dance has long been celebrated for its power to allow participants to express emotions, tell stories, and foster connections—along with plenty of exercise. Beyond its artistic merits, recent studies highlight its therapeutic potential, particularly for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Dance therapy, a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes non-verbal expression through movement, has emerged

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Making Exercise a Family Affair: Parents Boost Accessibility to Physical Exercise for Children with Disabilities

Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities often face barriers to getting the exercise they need for good health. Surprisingly, the biggest obstacles aren’t the physical activities themselves, but rather the overprotectiveness of children’s parents. According to a recent University of Wisconsin Madison (UWM) study, parents may subconsciously hold children with disabilities back from participating in

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Unlocking Potential: Exercise Therapy for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

There has been a growing focus on the benefits of exercise therapy for children across the autistic spectrum. This strategy includes tailored physical activity programs on the mobility, movement, and overall well-being of these children. Noteworthy studies, including one published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, delve into the connection between exercise therapy

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Motivating Children with Disabilities to Exercise: New Assistive Technologies Encourage Fitness in Fun Ways

Advances in assistive technologies are revolutionizing the way children with disabilities engage in physical activities. These innovative tools not only motivate children but also offer significant health benefits such as improved fitness, mobility, and general health. Gamification of therapies One such advancement is the integration of gamification elements into assistive technologies. Gamification is the idea

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Virtual Reality Exercise Therapy: A Gaming System Designed for Children with Physical Disabilities

Groundbreaking innovation in telehealth is on the horizon, offering new hope for children with physical disabilities. Imagine a world where exercise therapy is not only effective but also fun, engaging, and accessible at home. Thanks to a tele-exergaming program developed by researchers at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Lakeshore Foundation Research Collaborative, that vision

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An Anonymous Donor Tasked Our Foundation with a Special Request

Ten days before Christmas, an anonymous donor tasked our foundation with a special request: “Please find a deserving family who could use a Pumper Car® unit and deliver it by Christmas.” Our elves immediately went to work and contacted the physical therapists at OHSU/Doernbecher Child Development and Rehabilitation Center for a recommendation. Within hours, the

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Unlocking Potential: Adapted PE Teachers Champion Inclusive Practices in School

In the dynamic landscape of education, adapted physical education (“adapted PE”) teachers play a pivotal role in fostering inclusivity for all students, particularly those with differences or disabilities. A key part of their mission as adapted PE teachers is their commitment to creating an environment where every child can thrive and achieve better health. According

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