The trick is finding something that really engages the interest of the person
with special needs. Our daughter with Down syndrome, left to her own devices,
would choose to be sedentary, preferably in front of the TV with a snack.
It's always a challenge to keep her physically active, but one thing that
has worked for her is moving to music. Her respite worker is also a Zumba
instructor, and she has our daughter moving (and sweating) twice a week for
nearly an hour at a time to catchy music. At the end of the class, our daughter
is the only class member clamoring for one more song to dance to. It's also
a social experience for her, with other class members as her "audience"
as she "performs." We're very grateful for this respite worker who
has found a way for our daughter to engage in physical activity she enjoys.
There was an article in the Southern Utah paper The Spectrum on August 25th
about Bob Allen & his dad, it was called Leeds father and son walk to Salt
Lake City. We believe they will complete the journey this weekend to
their final goal of SLC Temple Square. Their starting point was the St. George
Temple visitors' center.