TIP OF THE DAY
One important aspect is to initiate cross body exercises for those with Autism/Aspergers.
By the age of 3 or 4 years old, a child should have mastered the bilateral skill (using both sides of the body together) called “crossing the midline”. This is the ability to move one hand, foot, or eye into the space of the other hand, foot or eye. We cross midline when we scratch an elbow, cross our ankles, and read left to right. Crossing the midline of your body helps build pathways in the brain and is an important prerequisite skill required for the appropriate development of various motor and cognitive skills. Children who have difficultly crossing the body’s midline often have trouble with skills such as reading, writing, completing self care skills and participating in sports & physical activities. These skills require a type of coordination that comes from experience with “cross-lateral motion,” which is movement involving the left arm and right leg, or the right arm and left leg at the same time.
1.) Marching in place with right hand to left knee, left hand right knee.
2.) Cross body calesthenics.
3.) Jumping jacks for upper lower body coordination.
4.) Side to side jumping - feet together and singular.
5.)setting up rings to jump to at various angles.
Benefits - increased attention span, more energy, increased coordination ,and again all gained through physical exertion.