“With video games and IPhones,” notes Scott Reilly, owner of Prescriptions for Fitness, “any kid can easily live in their own world.” Factor in the anguish of being picked last for a group activity–which can often be the experience for the typical special needs kid–and you might witness an alarming level of inactivity. A lower key interaction helps kids with a lack of strength or the low energy that can come from being on a medication regimen. Goals are set and met to help build confidence. For kids with sensory issues, having fun is every bit as important as getting exercise. “It’s not just about coming in and doing push ups. It’s engaging them in an enjoyable workout,” Reilly says.
Individual needs are taken into account. “We gear our workout on eye-hand development, gross motor and fine motor skills,” he says. Prescriptions works with whatever the issues are, and Reilly doesn’t hesitate to point out what he gets in return. “It empowers you,” he says, “You see a smile on a kid’s face; it’s so rewarding because you’re making a difference.”
– Rich Monetti