Fitness Activities for Children With Autism Outlined in New Book
WILLOWBROOK, Ill., March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — More than half of children with autism spectrum disorders are overweight, at risk for diabetes or cardiovascular disease, have bone and joint problems or suffer from depression. These alarming statistics were the impetus for a new book on exercise-related activities for children with autism, written by nationally recognized fitness expert Suzanne M. Gray. The book is being released in conjunction with World Autism Day on April 2.
As one of America’s leading fitness professionals for children with autism, Gray understands how these exercises work in improving motor skills and muscle tone, eliminating self-destructive and self-stimulating behaviors and enhancing socialization skills in children with autism. The book, entitled, 101 Games and Activities for Youth with Autism, is published by Healthy Learning and is now available online at www.Right-Fit.com and www.healthylearning.com.
The fitness activities and games in this book are based on the author’s innovative “Raise the Bar” program, which received Club Industry Magazine’s “Best Children’s Fitness Program for 2010.”
“The book outlines specific exercises that parents can do with their children every day,” says Gray. “A regular fun routine that also mimics play is essential to improve the muscular imbalances and compensations, deficient motor skills, poor posture and other fitness pitfalls common in youth with autism. These exercises will help increase independence, happiness and self-esteem.”
ABOUT SUZANNE M. GRAY
Suzanne M. Gray is CEO and founder of Right Fit Right Fit Sports Fitness Wellness, Willowbrook, IL, an all-inclusive, fitness and health company providing personal training, sports performance and wellness programs to youth and adults. She has spent more than 30 years developing fitness programs for people with and without special needs. Her programs have been implemented by community centers, schools, universities, and park districts across the country.
Prior to her design for the “Raise the Bar” program, Suzanne first created “One Magnificent Workout for Kids.” This model youth fitness program was awarded Illinois top elementary school youth fitness program and was personally visited by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. The “Magnificent Workout Team,” comprised of select students from the Academy, travelled throughout the country.
SOURCE Suzanne M. Gray