Individual & structured exercise sessions for children and teenagers with additional needs in London
London´s Exceptional Warriors is an innovative scheme that offers individuals with additional needs the opportunity to benefit from a supervised and individualized exercise programme in a safe and quiet environment on a one-to-one basis. The programme, emphasising the benefits of exercise, is supposed to guide individuals with additional needs towards taking part in sports in which they can succeed and have fun. The scheme was established in 2019 by Kevin Will, Personal Trainer of Special Populations and Educational Therapist.
Exercise boosts self-esteem, improves concentration/focus (release of dopamine) and leads to better psychological health. The results are better social skills, resilience and emotional health, which in turn decreases the need for medication as well as the risk of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes type 2 or obesity. Due to the lack of facilities for people with additional needs, Kevin developed a scheme where no individual is left behind and can exercise on a one-to-one basis without being exposed to the risk of becoming excluded or suffering from sensory overloads in loud and crowded settings. We can have favourite music playing in the background, make use of visual reinforcers or have regular breaks to create the perfect environment for each individual to feel comfortable and confident in to exercise.
Children who attend weekly exercise sessions have additional needs and health conditions, such as:
• Down's Syndrome
• Sensory Processing Disorders
• Learning Difficulties
• Limited Communication
• Cerebral Palsy
• Mental Health Problems