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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Inclusive Sports Programs for Children: Bridging Gaps and Fostering Friendship

Sports have always been a universal language, transcending barriers and bringing people of all ages and abilities together. In recent years, the concept of inclusive sports programs for children has gained momentum, ushering in a new era of camaraderie, understanding, and friendship on the playing field and playground. A variety of programs are breaking down

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Building Strong Foundations: The Impact of Exercise on Bone Health in Children with Physical Disabilities

The Impact of Exercise on Bone Health in Children with Physical Disabilities It doesn’t take an expert to know the benefits of regular exercise on children’s health and well-being. For children with physical disabilities, however, the impact of regular physical activity goes beyond the immediate benefits—it extends to the very foundation of their skeletal health.

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Ultimate Form of Freedom for a Kid

To ride around the neighborhood is the ultimate form of freedom for a kid. Unfortunately, many with special needs can’t ride a bicycle. Take Emerson Kohn for example. This 9-year-old middle child of three sons has issues with balance and muscle strength. He’s about the same height as his 6-year-old brother and is much less

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