The Special Olympics is a valuable program for so many families, and, at this unique time in our world, the Special Olympics Fit 5 program can help us improve our physical and mental fitness.
From the Special Olympics Resources website, the Fit 5 program is based on three simple goals:
- Exercise 5 days per week
- Eat 5 total fruits and vegetables per day
- Drink 5 bottles of water per day
You may also want to check out the Special Olympics’ Young Athlete Program and its resources, and Jayne Dixon Weber’s recent article, COVID-19 – My child is home from school or work or a day program! What do I do?
Life deals us circumstances that we can use to improve our lives, and this can be one of those. It is a very hard time on so many levels, many of which we haven’t seen yet, and parents with special needs children are hit especially hard. The NFXF is here to help. We are pulling together more resources — webinars, articles, etc. — so keep an eye on our emails, social media, and website for more. And, as always, reach out to us. You can email Jayne directly for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org, message us on Facebook, or send a message on our contact form. We will get back to you as soon as we can.
Now, go get fitter!
The National Fragile X Foundation has created a social story to reflect the changing requirements that governments are enacting. There’s a lot of information — and misinformation — about COVID-19 out there, but there’s no doubt it’s impacted families in many, many ways.
Barbara Haas-Givler shares her tips and methods for caregivers supporting children with Fragile X syndrome during challenging times.
Tracy Stackhouse teaches us the importance of self-regulation in individuals with Fragile X syndrome.
In this new recording, Marcia Braden discusses strategies for daily living with COVID-19. She discusses how anxiety can fuel behavior, and she gives ideas on how to set up your day and accommodations you can make to help keep anxiety at a minimum.
How To's of Sensory Diets in Fragile X Syndrome is the new video for this special time from Tracy Stackhouse from Developmental FX. A sensory diet is an occupational therapy intervention strategy devised to attain and maintain appropriate arousal states throughout each day.