Club expands hockey program to include children with disabilities

11/29/2009 | Asbury Park Press (Neptune-Asbury Park, N.J.)

A New Jersey township is expanding its hockey tradition to include children with developmental disabilities. More than 20 players aged 5 to 17 who have autism, Down syndrome or other disabilities have joined the program, part of the Brick Hockey Club. The fast-moving sport, which requires concentration to stay upright, is great therapy for children with autism, said the parents of a 7-year-old boy in the program. "He's so much calmer and more focused and organized on Sunday after hockey, and that lasts most of the day," the boy's mother said.

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Asbury Park Press (Neptune-Asbury Park, N.J.)

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