A new online contest has students with autism learning how to bite to win more than $1,000 in prizes.
The program, called Bitesize Physical Education Riddles, offers students the chance to learn a wide range of physical education concepts with a $25 prize, including the basics of bite, pressure points, pressure plates and bite marks.
The contest was created by the American Society of Clinical Neuropsychology, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities.
“This is one of the first online contests for autism and we’re really excited about it,” said Jennifer T. Schofield, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
“It’s a way for them to have some fun with their autism.”
Schofonds is also the founder of Bitesise, a program that teaches physical education through video games.
The idea for Bitesizes began when she realized her own son had a developmental disorder called Asperger’s Syndrome.
She also realized that there was a lack of education around teaching children to play physical education.
“I thought, well, what if we could teach our child the basics?” she said.
The challenge of learning the basics was not an easy one, however.
She and her husband, Dr. Richard Schofards, began learning how bite and pressure points worked at age 8.
“We realized that the majority of the work that we had done was focusing on getting kids to learn how to do the simple actions of biting,” said Schofolds.
The Schofords are also experts in physical education because they both have children with autism.
The family has learned that learning to bite is critical to the success of a lot of physical therapy, including those for children with disabilities, autism and other conditions.
“A lot of times, when kids are taught to do simple movements, the problem is that they’re not very good at those,” said Tessa.
“And that’s where we have a little bit of a learning curve.”
The challenge is to teach children how to use their muscles.
The kids are learning how their hands, hands, feet, hands are moving.
“The next step is to take the information from the video game and give it to them to move the fingers and to make them feel the muscles,” said Stephanie, a third grader who has autism.
“When they are in the classroom and playing with their peers, we can help them get a feel for how their muscles work.”
The video game teaches the students the basics for biting, pressure, pressure marks and pressure plates, which can be used in many different ways.
“What we’re trying to do is teach them the fundamentals of physical activity, how to manipulate things, how their body is reacting to their environment,” said Dr. Mark W. Smith, director of the Center for Applied Neuroscience and Learning at the Johns Hopkins University.
“But it’s also important to teach them to actually get their arms up and to be able to move their body and move around.”
The program also teaches the kids about the difference between biting and biting marks, how pressure plates affect muscles and how pressure is applied.
“There’s a little less of a challenge for students than they might imagine,” said Smith.
The kids get to use all of their skills and strengths, including their fingers and arms. “
So it’s just about trying and succeeding in moving that arm.”
The kids get to use all of their skills and strengths, including their fingers and arms.
“Once you get them to understand that there’s a difference between a bite and a bite mark, they are much more comfortable with the task of learning how they can apply pressure and manipulate things,” said Jones.
The award for best physical education program was given to the kids in the first round of the contest.
They are now taking it again in the third round of this year’s competition.
“Hopefully this will be an opportunity for a lot more parents to have their kids participate in the competition,” said Meghan, a fourth grader.
“For me, it just gives me a little more hope that I can do this and that it’s a fun activity for my child.”
The Schoftords are currently developing the program for other schools, but will offer it to any school district that wants to offer it.
“Whether it’s schools in our community, the surrounding areas or elsewhere, it should be easy for parents to do,” said Richard.
The Bitesises hope that the program can be extended to other parts of the country as well.
“In the meantime, I think it is going to be really helpful for kids,” said Sarah.
“With more opportunities for parents like us to have the opportunity to teach these children how their bodies work and how to make their arms move, it can be a lot easier for kids to be involved in their school activities.”