Improving total fitness

. February 11, 2013.

The Perceptual Motor Development Program has been a pillar of support for special needs children in Toledo since 1975. “It’s been an affordable program for parents of special needs children in Toledo,” said Jackie Wilkins, Director of the PMD program. Run by the Kinesiotherapy Rehabilitation and Research Center at the University of Toledo, the program seeks to “improve the total fitness” of children with special needs. The clinic also concentrates on the improvement of self-esteem and seeks to strengthen the emotional-social aspects of a child’s personality with activities that engage fine and gross motor skills, while utilizing physical activities and aquatics. Clinicians are undergraduate and graduate students at UT and monitor all activities. “The program is beneficial for the children and for the UT students. Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with children who have special needs,” said Wilkins. Designed for children 12 months through 18 years, the program meets on Mondays from 6 to 8pm. Thursdays from 4 to 6pm. and on Saturdays mornings from 8:30 to 10am. for two 12 week periods each semester of the school year. A written referral by a physician is required to join. To obtain an application, contact Jackie Wilkins at The Kinesiotherapy Rehabilitation and Research Center, University of Toledo, Health Education Center. 419-530-2756.