Our daughter Angelina was born with Vacterl Association and is non verbal as well as autistic and with a heart condition. She attends a special needs school with many other children with disabilities. We want to help our daughter as well as many other children / adults with disabilities to develop their physical well being through structured exercise programs as this has been proven to be of great benefit to them in improving their self worth and independent capabilities.
Since a very young age Angelina has been interested in sporting activities and delights watching soccer and tennis on the TV. She is very active and despite being blind in one eye she has perfect vision and extremely proficient with throwing and catching. Structured training will enhance her skills and give her goals and objectives to work towards.
There is a special training program from the USA that can equip us to develop our own education level and then set up one or more physical training centers in our local area and further afield.
Having the training to set up an exercise center for our daughter as well as other needy individuals will help them as well as our own family situation.
Four people will be trained and accredited as this program requires a 1 to 1 ration at all times. Two physiotherapists will be included in our team so we can be sure of fully trained and professional supervision is available at all times.
Funds will help with the training costs, and also business costs including special assistance from a company in Texas USA that specializes in these types of training centers for disadvantaged people. Considerable work needs to be done in developing planned training routines, safety precautions, insurances, and registration with NDIS.
Targets to work towards
Exercise Helps those with Autism and ADHD You know that regular exercise has profound effects on your physical health, but it also has lasting positive repercussions in brain health. Exercise can be especially beneficial to those with special needs. Here are 5 ways exercise helps people with ADHD and Autism, specifically:
1. Exercise Increases Dopamine
You’ve probably heard that exercise releases endorphins, which results in mood improvement, but it also releases dopamine. Not only does this neurotransmitter regulate mood, but it also helps regulate attention span in those with ADHD and Autism.
2. Exercise Balances Norepinephrine
Norepinephrine is a neurotransmitter that lives in the arousal center of the brain. In those with ADHD and Autism, norepinephrine fluctuates rapidly, making them startle more easily and react disproportionately to mildly stressful situations. During exercise, this neurotransmitter decreases and becomes more balanced, helping people with ADHD and Autism become more centered and focused.
3. Exercise Centers the Cerebellum
Fidgeting and a general inability to sit still for extended periods of time is a symptom of both ADHD and Autism. These symptoms are caused by an overactive cerebellum. Exercise plays the hero again by centering the cerebellum to lessen fidgeting and hyperactivity.
4. Exercise Lessens Medication Side Effects.
Adults who take medication for their ADHD have reported trouble falling asleep at the end of the day as a side effect. However, exercise can help wear your body out so that it’s easier to fall asleep and combat the side effects of ADD/ADHD medications.
5. Exercise Improves Motor Skills
Those with Autism, in particular, may find certain movements to be a challenge. Frequent exercise – even at just 30-minute intervals, twice a week – can improve motor skills in those with Autism. To work out these skills, try running, playing catch or kicking a ball around. Exercises that Help People with ADHD and Autism While general exercise is generally helpful, there are specific exercises that can specifically help those on the spectrum and with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
* Thanks to Special Strong Texas for this information and support