Physical fitness is important for everyone, including children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. Running, a weight bearing aerobic activity, promotes cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, bone health, lower extremity strength and endurance, symmetry of movement in both upper and lower extremities, and emotional regulation. Wheelchair racing promotes cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, upper extremity strength and endurance, and upper body symmetry. These are all areas that children with special needs can improve on. The format of this 10 week program will include a dynamic warm-up, outdoor aerobic activity in the form of running and walking or wheelchair propulsion, basic strengthening exercises, and stretching to cool-down. At the end of the program, participants will be prepared to complete a 5k distance and are encouraged to participate in a local race, or in the Easter Seals Run for the Kids 5k on May 6, 2017!
Children who are 9 years and older who are already able to run or propel their chair, but need work on endurance, strength, or form in order to go longer distances, will benefit from this programs.
Getting started is easy! Contact our Intake Coordinator at 630.282.2026 to ask questions or schedule an appointment.