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  • Benefits of Physical Fitness for Special Needs Children. Tulsa World of Gymnastics. Sports, especially fundamental and movement education-based sports such as gymnastics, provide tremendous benefits for children with special needs.
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  • The benefits of Sport Activities for Children with Special NeedsUSA Gymnastics. Physical education programs can considerably improve the lifestyle of a disabled child and are highly recommended. These programs may help control obesity, promote activeness, increase a child’s self image and social skills, and increase motivation.
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  • Gymnastics: Not your Typical Speech/Language Therapy – The Benefits It Provides for Children with Special Needs. Jordan Saunders. Gymnastics is a sport that encompasses many different skills that aid in developing each gymnast as a whole. A child with special needs grows up in a community that sometimes does not provide all of the necessary tools in one location. Gymnastics offers a network filled with opportunities to foster a child with medical needs’ cognition, motor skills, self-esteem, and social skills.
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  • Moving Therapy to the Gym: The Benefits of Gymnastics for Children with Autism.American Speech Language Hearing Association. The sport of gymnastics can provide children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) access to a differentiated approach, which potentially can create a model program to meet each child’s individual needs in a unique and effective manner.
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  • Promoting the Participation of Children With Disabilities in Sports, Recreation, and Physical Activities.The American Academy of Pediatrics. The benefits of physical activity are universal for all children, including those with disabilities. The participation of children with disabilities in sports and recreational activities promotes inclusion, minimizes deconditioning, optimizes physical functioning, and enhances overall well-being.
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