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Autism and Exercise: Exercise Benefits children with Autism

November 8, 2012
Autism Brain

Autism Brain

Exercise Benefits children with Autism but not every exercise or movement are the same.

This was my post at Facebook Today

Really excited to be speaking Today with the Best School inAutism Minnesota Autism Center where we will be discussing a rough proposal. I am so much looking forward to implement an individualized SUPER BODY SUPER BRAINfor Autism kids (One Progressive program will be for high functioning and the other one for Low Functioning) including a Parents-Educators Program- SUPER BODY SUPER BRAIN Monitoring-Reporting

 In my experience is gross motor skills with proprioception, treadmill and meditation ( turning lights off) make a great combination of individualized benefits that if maintained you can see significant changes in behavior, balance coordination and sensory among others.

Exercise as Treatment for Autism

Whilst Autism is a disorder that can affect an individual’s capacity to perform exercise, exercise has been shown to have significant benefits for social interactions, communication skills and repetitive behaviors.

Structured aerobic exercise has been proven to provide a major role in controlling self-stimulating behaviors [2]. Exercise in persons with autism has also reduced aggressive behaviors [3], self-injurious behaviours, unproductive behaviors and has been shown to improve attention span, work performance and on task behaviors. [4]

Exercise is also used as therapy in persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders to help improve motor skills and sensory integration. These therapies improve the proprioceptive system, vestibular system, motor coordination and skill development.

Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders also have a greater risk of becoming overweight due to their limited motor functioning. Increasing physical activity in persons with Autism reduces the risk over becoming overweight and other associated comorbidities. [5].  to keep reading this article click here

Somatosensory Difficulties in Autism

By Child Psychiatrist Dr Gregory Lombardo

Gregory Lombardo MD

Gregory Lombardo MD

Dr Lombardo is board certified in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry and is a diplomate of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. He is the author of “Understanding the mind of your bipolar child”

The severity and the range of symptoms seen in children grouped under the diagnosis of autism can vary.  However, one of the most common is difficulty with motor coordination and difficulty integrating movement with perception of space.  Some clinicians believe that stereotyped movements (such as flapping, spinning, or head banging) are attempts on the part of autistic children to locate themselves in space or to manage the anxiety resulting from profound spatial disorientation.  An important source of this disorientation is poor coordination of the left and right cerebral hemisphere.  Poor coordination of the left and right brain affects three dimensional vision, balance, motor coordination (both fine and gross), and the ability to maintain concentration while moving or while having to distinguish details in three dimensional space.

These difficulties stigmatize autistic children and profoundly affect peer relationships:  tasks that other children manage without any conscious effort–such as judging another child’s personal space, managing complex spatial environments, and interpersonal contact in a group–can be extremely difficult for these children.  Joining in aggressive or athletic play is most often quite beyond their reach.  Consequently, these handicaps profoundly affect self esteem and social development.  They also affect these children’s relationship to their own bodies–their ability to enjoy their physical self.

Super Body, Super Brain improves integration of the right and left hemispheres.  Using a series of exercises that gradually build coordination, balance, and strength, the program addresses this crucial handicap which autistic children suffer.  One of the beauties of the program is its adaptability to almost any level of competence.  Another special strength is the capacity of the Super Body, Super Brain to address these crucial handicaps without specifically identifying them. Instead the exercises can be made into a game that uses the magic of play to empower a child’s learning with fun.  A child’s self esteem is protected and ultimately strengthened while their enjoyment and control of their body increases.

Exercise to improve the communication between left and right brain hemispheres 

Importance of improving balance, coordination and social interaction. Children playing in the Bronx with Super Body, Super Brain (before The Brain Muscle Workout)



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