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The Third Greatest Invention for the Autism World

Continuing on our journey of the Greatest Inventions for the Autism World…here’s MY OPINION for the Third…

BUT FIRST…in case you missed it:

The Greatest Invention for the Autism World

The Second Greatest Invention for the Autism World

And so…without further interruption…and remember people, this is not factual or scientifically based so please spare me the emails about “that’s not #3 on the list!”…this is my opinion and this is supposed to be fun and make you go “hmmmm”

The Third Greatest Invention for the Autism World…the exercise video!

Yep…you thought I was going to say some heavy  blanket or noise maker or spinning something didn’t you…NOPE…it’s the exercise video.

I guess it’s not called a video anymore these days but I’m a Gen-Xer and back in my day it was video so that’s what it’ll be.

Here’s why the Exercise Video is #3…because my 6-year-old son with Autism loves P90X and Insanity and if he likes it then it’s high on the list.

About 9 months ago I decided to start waking up early and doing the P90X workout at home…so I’d quietly get up and put in Tony Horton and start jumping and stretching and all this fun stuff.

Eventually my kids realized that I was up early and if they were quiet and not in my way they’d be allowed to get out of bed early. And so it came to be that my son started liking Tony Horton and P90X…not so much for the exercise but because it was routine…if you’ve never seen the videos they have about 13 of them and they’re all similar in that on the screen it will show the name of the exercise and will have a running timeclock and then Tony is one of those semi-annoying types that I find quiet enjoyable, but many just want to shut him up…he’s goofy and says funny things that just stick in your brain all day long…no really, ALL DAY LONG!

But it was good for my son because he would get up close to the screen and start calling out the letters of the exercise word he’d see on the screen…

he’d say, “M-A-S-O-N…T-W-I-S-T…what spell, what spell, what spell?”

it was a lot of fun hearing him call (or yell) out the letters and I didn’t mind because he was using his words and his brain.

Tony also has these sayings like “Bring It!” and “Do your best…forget the rest” and they’re catchy so I’d tell him and my daughter to “bring it” and he’d give me a high-five and say “bring it”

If you’re reading this and you don’t have a child on the Spectrum then you have no idea how great this type of interaction is…might seem small but in my world it’s HUGE!  To get him to engage and respond…I love it.

P90X is a 90-day routine and I just kept on doing it for about 120-150 days…so we all were very familiar with the routines and the words and phrases.  After P90X I did Insanity with Shaun T. which is similar but more core work.

Again…Shaun T. is one who has a lot of sayings and so my son would learn those as well.  Then he would start doing drills like Mummy Kicks or other exercises and it was fun because I could tell that he wanted to mimic what I was doing and be a part of it.

So there it is…the #3 most important invention for the autism world…not what you’d expect but that these workout videos (dvds) allowed me to share fun moments and interactions with my son and that he would work on calling letters and remembering phrases (even if he didn’t know what they meant)…well worth the sweat and pain!

Thanks Tony Horton and P90X and Shaun T. and Insanity…not only am I getting in great shape but I’m spending time with my son and that’s what’s most important!


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The Second Greatest Invention for the Autism World

I had a lot of fun and good feedback regarding my previous post on The Greatest Invention For The Autism World…as was discussed, it’s the digital timer…and so I have decided to continue my award-winning series and will help to identify each and every great invention for the Autism World.

Here goes…

The SECOND greatest invention the Autism World has ever seen…the mini-tramp.  No that is not a short hooker on the corner of State and Main…it’s the mini-trampoline!

Again…some may say, “well that’s so basic and boring,” and you’re correct…BUT REMEMBER…this is not the list of the greatest inventions of all time…this is for the world of those with autism.

Why is the mini-tramp so important?  Because it just is.  My 6-year-old son is going to have the most amazing calf muscles as he gets older because he will jump and jump and jump for hours, days, constantly.

From my understanding, those on the Spectrum need a “release.”  You see a lot of stemming, hand flapping, tapping, fidgeting that either soothes them or gives them a sensation that is helpful.  My son used to flap and now he’s a big tapper (drives me CRAZY!!!)…but beyond that, he is a fanatical jumper on the mini-trampoline.

And when I say fanatical…I mean…he’s six and we’ve already had to REPLACE one trampoline.  Yep…replace it!

We have the mini-tramp in the middle of the living room.  At one time we tried to discourage it and tried to keep it outside–because who really wants a trampoline in their living room?–but you know what, it helps him.  It soothes him.  It is good for the entire family…well except the dog but that’s another story.

It sure beats jumping on the couch or bed or siblings!

So if you are looking for an item to get your child on the Spectrum…if you are having issues with additional energy and your child needs some release…go and get the Second Greatest Invention Ever (for the Autism World) and invest in a min-trampoline…trust me, you’ll be glad you did!

To read more blogs from Seth and TheFowler4Group, check out their Website (www.lookatmyeyes.com) and while you’re there, buy a copy of their book, “Look At My Eyes”.  Or find them on YouTube.  To contact TheFowler4 Group email: info@thefowler4group.com