Fit 4 Fun only employs trainers that are nationally certified by an accredited organization, hold at least one specialty certification, complete the entire Fit and Functional education internship and complete our nationally recognized special needs training course created by the founders of Fit4 Fun.Our staff are required to go beyond the industry standard so that we can provide the most qualified professionals to our clients
Physical activity has many benefits, but it can be difficult for children with special needs to find appropriate fitness activities. This is because each child has a unique diagnosis with individual challenges, preferences, likes, and dislikes. Some children may have physical disabilities with limited mobility, and they may tire more easily. Other children may have sensory issues, communication issues, and difficulty with social skills. Still other children may have side effects from medications or they may be exhausted due to issues with sleeping.
Currently, 6.2% of children aged 5-15 are special needs, and 1 out of every 68 children is diagnosed with autism. One in every 26 American families reported raising children with a disability. Special needs encompasses those with physical problems, emotional/behavioral problems, developmental issues, and those who are sensory impaired. Most facilities for special needs focus solely on cognitive, behavioral and sensory issues. However, there is a need for fun, educational, and therapeutic physical activities outside of school and therapy, especially since many children with special needs have low muscle tone and lack coordination. Additionally, many special needs children do not participate in gym class, and schools seem very quick to brush activity off as less important and excuse them from participating. As a result, many children do not have any movement during the school day.
There are physical, mental and social benefits from exercising. Physically, these include improved muscle strength, coordination, increased cardiovascular endurance and efficiency, and augmented balance and motor skills. It also can help with sleep quality and appetite and have a positive impact on obesity, diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol. There are many mental and social benefits as well, including improvements in behavior, attention span, on-task assignments, and accuracy in responses. There is also increased self-confidence and self-esteem, improved academics, and an overall enhancement in quality of life. Exercise can act as an outlet for excess physical energy and help alleviate anxiety, depression and stress.
Fit4Fun recognizes that personal training and exercise needs to be individualized like other therapy modalities. We take an extensive history and conduct a detailed initial assessment to determine the best way to train you child. We want both the parents and kids to feel safe and comfortable. The session will be both educational and fun, and your child will experience all the benefits of a fun program where he/she can become fit.