What drives us to do what we do. Exceptional children are often deprived, alienated, or withdraw from opportunities to engage their bodies and minds.
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1 in 88 children are diagnosed with Autism. which means that 1 in 88 children need your support.
Alexander Lopez has clinical expertise is in pediatric rehabilitation, burn care and rehabilitation, environmental modification, and administration and management. Alex developed a nationally recognized gang prevention and health promotion program for at-risk youth known as PAR FORE. PAR FORE applies golf as a therapeutic medium for developing healthy life skills necessary for adult success. He started the endeavor with the help of community leaders and advocates. PAR FORE has grown from serving 10 adolescents to adolescents in at-risk communities’ three states in New York, Utah, and New Jersey and is managed by four institutions of higher learning (Touro College, Stony Brook University, Kean University, and University of Utah). Alex has worked as a volunteer occupational therapist in providing pro bono rehabilitations services to economically disadvantaged residents of Nassau and Suffolk Counties for over 7 years. He developed a community-based health promotion practice serving adults with mental illness in under-represented communities in 2009 and coordinates and mentors students in community service-related activities with PAR FORE, Suffolk Independent Living Organization, Inc., and Adelante of Suffolk County.
Inclusive Sports and Fitness was designed from the work done with PAR FORE (www.parfore.org), a golf program established in 2007. PAR FORE programming was designed to meet the psychosocial needs of at-risk youth. PAR FORE has since been replicated in two other states and has received national recognition. Since the establishment of the golf program, there have been a number of youth with various disabilities who have successfully participated in the PAR FORE program. Parents have reported improved social interaction skills, greater engagement and participation in school and leisure activities, and improved gross motor performance. Building on the core principles of the PAR FORE program, ISF has expanded its approach to meet the needs of children who do not have access to typical organized sports. ISF utilizes best evidence practice approaches in occupational therapy and neuroscience to facilitate the advancement of socio-emotional and motor performance.