Posts Tagged 'play'

Bullying Among Youth with Disabilities

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Promoting Social Inclusion Through Physical Activity

Bullying has become a hot topic lately in social media, the news, and awareness campaigns.  Many reports have noted that students with disabilities are involved, but fail to mention them most often as the main target.  There are several interventions surfacing to combat this “silent epidemic” with play being the main solution.  In order for these interventions to have an impact on youth with disabilities the solution of play must be inclusive.

In recent years school bullying has received national attention contributing to all 50 states adopting anti-bullying laws, policies, or both.  The question now is how effective are these laws and anti-bullying programs for youth with disabilities?  Several research studies have reported alarming new patterns for victims of bullying showcasing that individuals with intellectual disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders are at an increased risk.  A nationwide survey of more than 900 parents of students with an intellectual disability reported that 57% were being bullied.  The rates of bullying among these youth are worryingly high, contributing this issue to a profound public health problem.

Posted by Allison Hoit Nov 20, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Assistive Tech and Indoor Gym/ Outdoor Play

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Keep active this winter with indoor games!

Posted by Tanya Dec 06, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Finding a balance in exercise and play

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The fitness industry understands only too well that many people will register for programs may be attend a few practices, then drop-out, or some cases simply not show up.  The best of intentions require a long commitment to see the goal fulfilled. For some organizations, their goal is to sell lengthy membership terms – often well in excess of their capacity if all members attended at the same time – in order to maximize profits.  Such business models rely on the fluctuating motivations of their members. Some fitness clubs / groups sports, especially those that have a fitness or weight loss focus, will expect a lack of exercise adherence from many of their participants, and a few – unethically – will not do much about it.

Posted by guest Jul 25, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Emphasize the PLAY in Physical Activity Exercise 3: Ready! Set! Go!

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Enthusiasm and positivity can often be contagious.  It may be surprising in all that you can accomplish with a child by taking a routine activity and adding in some passion and zest.  Rather than commanding a child to run around a track, or take a rather random jog back and forth …add in this key component: “Ready! Set! GOOOOOO!!! “ and begin in a shorter distance such as a twenty yard dash.

Posted by suzanne Mar 09, 2011 Posted in Disability, Obesity, Uncategorized No Comments

Emphasize the PLAY in (P)hysica(L) (A)ctivit(Y)

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I often encourage parents, trainers, and coaches to look back and remember how much fun came from the countless hours many of us spent playing in our backyards, parks and physical education classes that helped us develop basic movement fundamentals without even realizing it. We were having too much fun to even notice! And then I encourage him or her to look at youth today and compare how much “play” many of them get to experience. 

Posted by suzanne Feb 23, 2011 Posted in Disability, Obesity, Uncategorized 3 Comments