It’s no secret that I am not shy when discussing the benefits of swimming and water exercise for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Many fitness experts regard swimming as one of the best forms of exercise. It is one of the few exercises in which all body parts are used at the same time. The water also creates natural resistance to build stronger muscles and it puts less wear and tear on the body joints. Water gives the body amazing input and is a huge sensory regulator for many children with Autism. At the end of our 2011 Summer Autism Fitness Camp I really felt the absence of a swimming pool fitness station. It was obvious how the children enjoyed their time in the pool and how the swimming clearly improved their motor skills, confidence and strength. It also leads to a noticeable decrease in self-stimulating behaviors. I have told many parents if given the “right” trainer and a swimming pool, we’ll improve many autistic symptoms and behaviors.
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One of my favorite weekend activities requires a soft couch, snacks and a rental from Blockbuster Video. Movie recommendations are usually from family members, friends or a Blockbuster employee. The King’s Speech was voted Best Picture of the Year and came highly recommended from friends.
I still remember the day when Mack Nelson came into Right Fit and asked to speak to the owner. As one of the trainers approached my office, Mack who was right behind stepped in front to ask, “Do you remember me Mrs. Gray?” At first glance I couldn’t imagine who this big guy was, wearing his high school Varsity sport jacket. Finally remembering, I shook my head in disbelief and announced proudly to others that Mack was one of our first clients!
It’s rare that I can remember what I did yesterday at exactly 7:46 a.m. CST but like many others I remember exactly what I was doing when that first plane crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001. My family, friends and clients all share very similar and precise recollections of that day, whether it was leaving for work, being in a high school or college class, or for me, I was cleaning up after our son’s birthday dinner. Like most I was in disbelief that not one plane but then a second plane crashed into the Twin Towers. Instantly I knew this was no accident. My first reaction was disbelief, confusion and an urgent need to talk to someone I could trust. What did all of this mean? I quickly interrupted our handyman who was working on a project in our kitchen. After he saw the second plane collide into the World Trade Center buildings, he agreed with me that these building were about to collapse.
The “number 11” phenomenon has been the subject of countless books, conversations and websites. 11 is considered by many to be the “messenger” and is associated with a higher power to uplift and help people find deeper meaning in their lives and to share this with others. As we get closer to the end of year 2011, I can’t help but agree there was something magical and special about this year. I for one enjoyed all the special dates and mathematical formulas that added to the fun and mystery of the 11 (e.g. November 11 is 11/11/11 this year).