What’s good for the body is good for the brain.
Some studies suggests that physical activity may help with students’ cognitive control and ability to pay attention which can lead to better school grades. That sounds like a no brainer.
Many of us think that exercise is something we do in the gym, tread mill, weight lifting and so on, however; to a kid, exercise means playing games like tag, green light red light and generally just being active. Many get exercise at school during gym period, recess or even riding their bikes.
To our kiddos on the spectrum, exercise may not come as easy for reasons like, socialization challenges, coordination challenges. While it may take extra effort to get a child with autism to be physically active, the benefits are well worth the effort.
In addition to the aforementioned, physical activity plays an important part in fitness strength and flexibility, it decreases anxiety, depression, tension, fatigue and anger, and protects against disease and injury while promoting creativity, cognition, attention and communication.
The key is to make fitness a fun experience.
In this episode, we go to Sonoma State in California to explore two programs that are designed for students with special needs. It gives them the opportunity to participate in physical education while building social skills.