Born and raised in the small town of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, its probably not the place you would look to find a Paralympic swimmer. Despite being born with cerebral palsy, I was introduced to sport and activities from my friends that were able bodied (AB). The thought of wheelchair and adaptive sports were only introduced in an annual competition. All competitors were truly weekend warriors! I was happy just to participate with my friends and family. I am blessed because I was never treated differently in my neighborhood. I was one of the gang who happened to use a wheelchair and walker to participate in the same activities as my friends.
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As a former English Major, I read a lot. I read an article that had a quote which said “Exercise has one spelling, but how it is applied is extremely diverse.” [i] The quote made me think of a point my Movement Specialist frequently makes, that one fitness approach may work well for one client but only partially work for another. Any developed fitness routine needs to be tailored and customized for the individual.
In December 2009, I began a journey with a new Fitness and Movement Specialist to advance my goal to walk without assistive devices. At the time, I had no way of knowing how hard I would work, how far I would be pushed, or how much I would achieve. While I have a long history of working with professionals from multiple disciplines, through my work with James R. House, III, I would come to understand what a true working alliance is— a shared partnership between a client and a professional.
Regardless of whether a person has a disability or not, we all want to connect. We all want to have a ‘place’ where we belong. When I refer to the concept of place, I do not mean the bricks and mortar of a building. I did not join the Fitness Center I go to because of the physical space or equipment. I joined because from the first day I walked through the door, I was treated as a member of the larger group. Community in the broadest terms creates a sense of belonging for members of a group.[i]
I recently read a book entitled, The Art and Science of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction, by Robert J. Marzano. The book defines effective teaching as “a dynamic mixture of expertise and a vast array of instructional strategies that combine with an understanding of an individual and their needs at a particular point in time.”[i]