This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

At-Home Fitness Activities For Children With Autism

WILLOWBROOK, Ill., April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- More than half of the nation's children with autism are overweight, which puts them at risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and bone and joint problems. That alarming statistic influenced nationally recognized fitness expert Suzanne M. Gray to create at-home exercises parents can do with their children with autism. She has spent more than 30 years developing fitness programs for children with special needs.

Gray has seen how exercise works in addressing obesity, improving motor skills and muscle tone, eliminating self-destructive behaviors and enhancing socialization skills for children with autism.

Her latest program, "Five to Stay Alive," consists of at-home activities for children with autism to help fight obesity. For each activity, parents should set daily goals, record them on a chart and offer a motivator like a fat-free dessert or sticker. Activities include:

  • Around the Block. Create a neighborhood walking path and have your child walk this once or twice daily. The child should wear a pedometer to measure steps and calories and track progress.
  • Raise the Bar! You're a Star! Start with a dowel rod and raise it over head and back down.  Eventually this can be substituted for weights.
  • Chair Squats. This movement is required for most power moves of the lower extremities and most athletic events.
  • Push-ups. If your child is able, have them do a designated number of push-ups every day.
  • Jumping Jacks. Again, depending on where children are on the spectrum will make a difference in how many they can do. 

"Parents who encourage daily exercise for children with autism will help them improve muscular imbalances, deficient motor skills, poor posture and other common fitness pitfalls," Gray says. "One of the biggest benefits of exercise is weight loss. Also, when you combine a fitness program with music and play, it will boost independence, happiness and self-esteem."

1 of 2

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

Jim Cramer's protégé, David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

Jim Cramer's protégé, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!

Markets

DOW 17,164.95 -251.90 -1.45%
S&P 500 1,994.99 -26.26 -1.30%
NASDAQ 4,635.24 -48.1670 -1.03%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs