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By NICOLE NASCENZI World Staff Writer on Feb 25, 2005
Music, motion help disabled kids
The founder of Adventures in Movement will speak Friday in Tulsa, and a workshop is scheduled Saturday.
A program designed to help children with mental and physical disabilities is coming to Tulsa.
A workshop to teach physical therapists, teachers and parents how to administer a program called Adventures in Movement is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Tulsa World of Gymnastics.
Although the workshop is full, people still can register to observe the workshop and can attend a talk by program founder Dr. Jo Geiger. The talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at the Special Olympics Oklahoma state office, 68355 S. Canton Ave.
Lynn Lugibihl said she is excited about the workshop and hopes that learning about AIM will help her work with her 4-year-old son Sam, who has Down syndrome.
Lugibihl said her son already participates in a children's gymnastics class at Tulsa World of Gymnastics, and the class helped him improve many of his skills.
She said she plans to add AIM to the techniques she uses to help her son. Sam visits a speech therapist three times a week and has undergone seven open-heart surgeries because of Down syndrome complications.
AIM is based on a series of 30-minute exercises for children, Geiger said in a telephone interview. She founded the Dayton, Ohio-based program in 1958.
The program uses music and motion to help children with a variety of disabilities from physical handicaps to autism learn how to walk, hop and even write.
The particular sequence of the prescribed movements in the program is designed to help children learn, she said.
"We stimulate the brain through movement and music," Geiger said.
She said AIM is not a replacement for other types of education but a tool teachers can use to help students.
"The bottom line is to make it fun," she said.
Linda Bradshaw, who owns Tulsa World of Gymnastics, said people are coming from across the state to attend the workshop, and several of her gymnastics instructors plan to incorporate AIM techniques in their classes after the workshop.
The workshop is sponsored by Welch's, and more information is available by calling 664-8683 or by going online to www.aimforthehandicapped.org.
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Sam Lugibihl, 4, who has Down syndrome, gets help climbing the rope from instructor Kay Phillips during a gymnastics class. Sam’s mother, Lynn Lugibihl, will be among participants at a workshop on physical activity for children with disabilities.
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