December 21, 2017 at 9:09 pm #7055
In recent years we have seen more and more children diagnosed with autism syndrome. Now, the term “autism” includes a wide range of conditions and symptoms. They include a wide variety of neuropsychiatric conditions, which arise from various environmental factors and not, and are manifested in a variety of ways. Thus, we would say that “autism” is a term associated with disorders manifested in different forms in each child.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disorder that prevents people from correctly understanding what they see, hear, and generally feel. This results in serious social, communication and behavioral problems. Autism is one of the most obscure and enigmatic situations. Until today he has not been treated.
The cause of autism remains unknown. Some research shows that it may have to do with a neurological problem that affects brain points that have to do with the language and information given by the senses. Apart from problems in language and social relationships, children with autism suffer from hyperactivity or unusual passivity in their daily activities. Gymnastics can help significantly to achieve a balance in their mobility while at the same time it has been shown to offer many benefits to children with autism.
Children with autism have a particular difficulty in attending two stimuli at the same time. When this happens, when we give more than one stimulus, then the child’s attention is disturbed. It can be perceived by various behaviors such as outbursts, rhythmical clapping, walking on toes, speech interruption, immobility, etc.
It is important during the exercise:
to give a simple and clear command at a time.
Let’s show ourselves exactly the movement that children have to perform.
And do it for many repetitions.
Cover the windows – at least in the beginning, help until they get used to it – and remove the walls from drawing attention like colorful posters and decorative items.
It helps to change exercises so they are not bored. But we always introduce the exercise in a simple way.
Children with autism do not love changes in the routine. This can lead to outbursts and behaviors as we mentioned above. It is important to keep the structure of training even the exercises stable. Same exercises, in the same order, same number of repetitions. If we want to change something after some time, always one at a time and prepare the kids for the change we will do by explaining what will happen. It makes it easier if the new exercise has some common elements with the previous exercise it replaces. An effective way is to get them to do something that will use their hands like bends. So they distract themselves while doing a motor skill, which of course we have already shown and already know.
Sports suitable for children with autism is
There is no reason why a child with autism can not take part in a bathing group as the members of the bathing group are struggling and training separately. Sometimes, it can take a lot of time in a child, even to put his toes in the pool. In the process, however, the child begins to enjoyand to have fun with this activity. That is why parents have to show patience and encourage their child to participate in physical exercise with guidance and support.
Bicycling can be difficult for children with autism as the balance is not something that is naturally acquired. Therefore cycling is not simple, as for example the circular movement of the legs for the movement of the pedals can make it difficult even the most charismatic child. Once familiar with basic skills, a copenhagen bike can become a nice way of enjoying the countryside whether it is being practiced alone or in a group for fun or competition. At the same time, driving a bicycle is an excellent sensory integration activity that can help a child manage the movement by combining visual and acoustic stimuli. Cycling can become part of their everyday life just like autism.
Many children with autism are included in horse riding programs as a therapeutic activity. Indeed, it is not unusual for children with autism to communicate better with animals than with their communication with humans. Riding is more than just a simple physical experience. Horse movement helps improve circulation, muscle control and coordination. The link between rider and horse is very powerful and very important for people with autism.
Exercising is essential for a healthy life and no one should be deprived of it regardless of the particularities it may have.
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