Adapted Rock Climbing for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Katie Oriel and Jennifer Kanupka of Lebanon Valley College joined us to discuss the benefits of an adapted rock climbing program that the department of physical therapy designed and implemented in collaboration with Climbnasium in Mechanicsburg for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

“The participants with Autism improved in many areas and clearly enjoyed this opportunity to participate in a community-based activity,” tells Oriel.

“We worked with our LVC physical therapy students, in collaboration with Mike Decavalcante who is an adapted climbing instructor, to develop and implement the program. Our LVC education students served as data recorders throughout the program so that we could objectively measure outcomes.”

To learn more about the program, visit www.lvc.edu.

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