From Local DVM
Before starting Arlington County’s Adaptive Gymnastics Program, a student named Hansen, with an intellectual disability, had difficulty walking across the gym.
“It took him 20 minutes to go from the front to the back of the gym,” said Adaptive Coordinator Sonja Hird Clark. “Now, he can walk through the gym. He runs. He jumps.”
Every Sunday the Barcroft gymnasium’s lights are dimmed, the mats are rearranged, and a group of excited kids come to learn.
“It gives you much more than a cartwheel,” said Hird Clark. “Gripping a bar translates into gripping a pen or a crayon for coloring.” Clark also says strong hand grips can improve math skills, too.