“Special Warriors” created by Sheron Smith of CrossFit Hanover, is an exercise program designed for special needs adults and children. The program is located at CrossFit Hanover on Carlisle Street. She offers both 30 minute and 60 minute sessions. The program began about a year ago on January 21, 2012.
My son is a “special warrior” and often asks to “go to gym” as well as “go see Ms. Sheron?” Christian attends twice week for 30 minutes a session and he enjoys the rings, pushing the big tire and pulling a small sled with weights. This has been extremely helpful, since he was discharged from his current after-school program. Christian needs structure and needs to be kept busy, too much time at home runs a higher risk of boredom which then leads to irritability which then leads to meltdowns. Meltdowns consists of screaming, yelling, banging, breaking things, etc.
Types of exercise include working and walking with free weights, pushing large truck tires, throwing medicine balls, as well as outdoor activities.
Sheron’s purpose for starting Special Warriors was that she “saw the need for children and adults to have a stimulating program that is developmentally appropriate for each special needs athlete”. Her overall goal for “special warriors” is to see each athlete reach their fullest potential and grow cognitively, physically and socially.
It is very reassuring to know that there are people out there, who have no experience or formal education in mental health or special needs, who are willing to work with the special needs community.
It is really a disgrace when an organization designed to service special needs children, discharge them for being “too much” to handle. More to come on that rant.
Thank you Sheron Smith for offering a service for our “special warriors”.
Next blog: RANT – Organizations/Service Agencies that refuse services to Kids in Need.