Today, April 2, marks World Autism Awareness Day. In honor of April celebrating Autism Awareness Month, I want to thank my clients with special needs who remind me to a better person.
I am lucky. I have a beautiful wife and two amazing kids. I am also the founder and owner of a hi-tech, therapeutic fitness facility in the Washington, DC, area that specializes in helping people with special needs reach their full potential.
As a person with ADD, I understand how difficult it can be for kids – and their families – to navigate therapies, research medical advisors and utilize social skills to make new friends. I don’t sympathize. I empathize. This is why I created Fitness for Health. I wanted families to know that I understand their struggles from firsthand, personal experience. I want to make fitness fun for the whole family while showing children and teens with special needs that they are amazing, unique people who should be proud of their individuality.
The kids and families with whom I work never cease to amaze me. I look forward to the time each day when I am able to coach, play and learn from my clients. Sometimes, I think that I have more fun practicing balance on the trampoline or improving bicep strength on the rock climbing wall than the kids. They remind me to never give up in the face of adversity and to celebrate the small successes because those tiny improvements add up to significant change.
I want to thank my clients with special needs for allowing me to be myself and trusting me to become a part of your lives. Thank you. I hope that you learn half as much from me as I learn from you.
About Fitness for Health:
A finalist for About.com’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Special Needs Resource in the D.C. Region and voted Washington Family Magazine’s 2016, 2017 and 2018 Best Special Needs Camp and Best Special Needs Program in the DC area, Fitness for Health specializes in creating personalized, therapeutic programs for children with a broad range of special needs:
- Sensory processing disorders
- Gross motor delays
- Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
- Pervasive developmental disorders
- Down Syndrome
- Asperger’s syndrome
- Developmental and physical disabilities
- Confidence and self-esteem issues
- Emotional disturbances and anxiety disorders
At Fitness for Health, you get a complete team—including pediatric fitness specialists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists—working together to create a full-service plan of care that’s expertly tailored to your child’s developmental, skill and comfort levels while providing fitness for kids. As a parent, you’re involved every step of the way. Learn more about our therapeutic exercise, occupational therapy services, and physical therapy services today.