Autism in Ocala:   We wish to open an Autism center here in Ocala Florida.  As previous board members of Ocala Autism Support Network, we were able to see first hand what families who have children on the Autism Spectrum needed and were missing.  In an effort to be able to provide these services, therapies and assistive devices, KidGenius was born.

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By delsadarline, Nov 18 2015 06:52PM

An inclusive cheerleading squad for special needs athletes between the ages of 6 to 22 who have varying types of intellectual or developmental "different-abilities". This non-competitive cheerleading team focuses on goal oriented learning opportunities and positive team peer interactions while having fun and learning new skills in a safe and structured environment.In addition to its physical advantages, cheerleading is also a social, team-based activity that can help improve self-confidence and leadership skills.





By delsadarline, Nov 18 2015 06:50PM

Martial arts can help ease the symptoms of ADHD; impulsiveness, inability to concentrate and, in some cases, hyperactivity. A research project conducted by the University of Wisconsin found that in the process of learning martial arts, children became more socially assertive and cooperative. In addition, the study found that the children demonstrated better balance and coordination; eye contact improved; and better play skills developed. Children who practice martial arts generally have strong social skills, fight less often, and perform well in school. And this effect is particularly pronounced in at-risk children or those with special needs.



Art

By delsadarline, Nov 18 2015 06:49PM

Art integration has proven to be beneficial on many levels for special needs students. Art helps special needs kids in their self-expression, life skills, literacy and coordination. It can to help them better cope with behavioral problems. Engaging in work with clay and paints stimulates children with special needs and helps them become more aware of their senses and emotional capacity for self-control. Art can help foster development and coordination. As kids learn to connect to their world by painting, their development and coordination accelerates and helps engage special needs kids with their expressive side and nurtures channels of openness for socialization.




By delsadarline, Nov 18 2015 06:47PM

Chess activates critical areas of the brain involved in visual processing, memory, planning and judgment, while activating both the left and the right hemispheres of the brain. Chess looks at the intellectual capability and not academics. Children with learning disorders have shown an improvement in their cognitive skills. For many children after a year of playing chess they then have the ability to focus and do not get mentally tired of tasks as easily.Chess stimulates social, emotional and cognitive development and empowers the player to interact with the world as a planner and problem-solver, a mathematician and philosopher, a sportsman and adversary. Kids develop individual and interpersonal skills while honing their chess abilities Numerous studies suggest that the thinking skills fostered through the chess curriculum are effectively transferred, leading to overall improvements in players’ test scores and school achievement.



By delsadarline, Nov 18 2015 06:46PM

The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. Today, more than 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide.Teams are set up according to abilities, rather than age, and can include as many as 15-20 players. Challenger games can be played as tee ball games, coach pitch, player pitch, or a combination of the three.In a Challenger game, each player gets a chance to bat. The side is retired when the offense has batted through the roster, or when a pre-determined number of runs have been scored, or when three outs are recorded. Little League recommends that no score be kept during Challenger games. The Challenger players wear the same uniforms, shoulder patches and safety equipment as other Little Leagues.





By delsadarline, Nov 18 2015 06:45PM

Traditional swimming lessons introduce children to the water without teaching them how to survive should they fall into the water alone. During ISR Self-Rescue™ survival swimming lessons, Certified Instructors spend ONE-on-ONE time with your child and share important water safety information with parents. Certified Instructors intergrate basic swimming instruction with survival training that is developmentally appropriate for young children.


ISR Instructors are schooled in behavior psychology and the aspects of sensory-motor learning, shaping behavior, physiological conditions as they relate to the water, and emotional learning. ISR instructors have spent over 80 hours studying video and analyzing the effects of positive reinforcement and how it is applied at the precise moment in time to be effective