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Karen Meyers, Contributing Reporter for WLS-TV Channel 7, dropped in for a visit to Right Fit Friday, May 20, 2011. Karen’s primary purpose was to see our facility and observe the “Raise the Bar” class, which is our award-winning 60-minute fitness class for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders. What a great opportunity we now had to share with WLS-TV’s viewers what Right Fit does to help these children increase their fitness levels.
Six children volunteered to work out with a trainer and perform their specially developed exercises and movement activities. For some, it was their first time on television and in a structured group class setting. Nick, as one example, takes private classes and told his trainer, Steve, that he did not want to do the music station. Sure enough when the music began, Nick stood up and for the first time joined in with the rest of the group. I was so proud to see him make this choice and overcome another obstacle of autism.
Another student, Charlotte, who was apprehensive about joining the group, overcame her shyness in front of the TV cameras and started to interact with a new trainer and her other classmates. We even had a new student, Kendrick, join the class as he slowly grew more confident in this rather intimidating setting. Maybe it was our trainer, Kim, but Kendrick followed her directions like a pro and became very comfortable in front of the cameras too. I was not surprised when Michael was able to follow every direction and basically ignored all the many distractions. Like most children, play is an important part of Michael’s day. Tommy and Courtney, our “veterans”, were excited to be back at Right Fit and, yes, missing a half day of school was just icing on the cake. Tommy and Courtney performed like “Raise the Bar” stars! In fact, I had to laugh after the class when Tommy simply said “Channel 7 – All done!” So stay tuned to Channel 7….you wouldn’t want to miss Right Fit’s kids and their star performance.