Friendship Circle’s 2014 Great Bike Giveaway for Kids with Special Needs

Friendship Circle’s 2014 Great Bike Giveaway for Kids with Special Needs

Friendship Circle has organized for the third consecutive year a Great Bike Giveaway for kids and young adults with special needs. This is a national contest (for folks in the US) giving away adaptive bikes to children with special needs. Friendship Circle is partnering with these bike companies to provide some of the best adaptive bikes to the children and young adults who need them most.

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Children with Special Needs: Benefits of Physical Activities and Adaptive Sports

Children with Special Needs: Benefits of Physical Activities and Adaptive Sports

It is an undisputed fact that young and old must strive for a healthy lifestyle. This means kids, teens and adults must keep mentally and physically fit. Children with special needs most definitely benefit from having a balance in all aspects of their life: social, physical, and mental. My post today will bring out the benefits of physical activity for a child with special needs and what is available to make this happen.

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My Child Does Not Like Sports or Any Physical Activities: Now What?

My Child Does Not Like Sports or Any Physical Activities: Now What?

If you’re a parent, chances are you’re constantly advocating for doors to open for a better life for your child. A fit child has the odds stacked in his favor for a better life everything from a hearty appetite, to increase attention for seat work,  to a good night’s rest. Also physical activity is important because usually inactive children are likely to become inactive adults. Parents can be role models for an active lifestyle. Lead by example, make physical activities a family affair and best of all play and have fun!

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Spring Break Activities For Kids Without Breaking the Bank

Spring Break Activities For Kids Without Breaking the Bank

Teachers and kids are looking forward to it but many parents hate when it rolls around…Yes, it’s Spring Break time again. How can families remove some of the STRESS of Spring Breaks? Many working parents must take time off to care for their children and they want this free week from school and work to be a happy, family event. How to plan Spring Break activities for kids without breaking the bank? Should you be looking for educational, scheduled, paid for activities or just enjoy free from routine, spur of the moment, fun things to do?

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Importance of “Play” for Kids, Tweens, and Teens

Importance of “Play” for Kids, Tweens, and Teens

Jill Howlett Mays, MS, OTR/L was my guest on The Coffee Klatch Tweetchat I hosted a few years back.  We had a marvelous session on some of the topics covered in her book Your Child’s Motor Development Story Understanding and Enhancing Development from Birth to Their First Sport that came out in the Fall of 2011. Our topic of discussion was Importance of “Play” for Kids, Tweens, and Teens. For the first segment of our session I had a Q&A period with Jill and then it was Open Forum so participants could tweet questions or comments.

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