Yourwellness Magazine Shows the Benefits of Sport in Autistic Communication

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As a new bill in Texas will expand insurance coverage for children with autism, Yourwellness Magazine gave parents advice on how exercise can improve communication with autistic children.

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Texas autism advocates are rejoicing over new state law that expands insurance coverage for children with autism, Dallasnews.com announced September 1st. In their article, “Autism advocates, parents hail new Texas rules requiring expanded insurance coverage,” it was reported that, the bill eliminates age caps for state-regulated health plans, which guarantees the coverage of autism treatment past the age of nine. Judith Ursitti, director of state government affairs for non-profit organisation Autism Speaks, commented, “It shouldn’t matter when it comes to medical necessity how old you are, we are only asking for coverage for medical-based treatment. We’re not asking for special treatment; we just want to be treated.” (http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20130901-autism-advocates-parents-hail-new-rules-requiring-expanded-insurance-coverage-in-texas.ece)

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine explored how exercise and sport can help to improve communication with children of autism. Yourwellness Magazine explained, “For kids with autism, communication can be a real issue. It can be frustrating for parents, teachers and, of course, the children themselves when a point doesn't go across correctly and, for the most part, it's nobody’s fault. Misunderstandings are common when the two parties…have very different ways of looking at the world and autistic kids definitely see things differently from the rest of us. The best way of dealing with it and helping them integrate is to actively look for ways to connect with them on a level which they're comfortable with and can understand, and a great way to do this is through sport.” (http://www.yourwellness.com/2012/12/autism-and-exercise-unlikely-allies/#sthash.6c9D6OAv.dpuf)

Yourwellness Magazine noted that as exercise releases endorphins into the blood stream, this can help autistic children to feel good and, in turn, feel safer to be open and communicate. According to Yourwellness Magazine, the trick is finding what sport or form of exercise the children will actually enjoy and actively pursue on their own, as the whole thing is futile if the children will give up in a few days. Yourwellness Magazine concluded that taking part with the children, or going along to watch the sport, gives parents and children something in common about which they can communicate more effectively.

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