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While attending cosmetology school nearly two decades ago, it never crossed my mind that someday I would be able to apply the skills I was acquiring to help children in a hospital setting. Most likely, the reason it hadn’t occurred to me is because it is extremely rare that cosmetology services are offered in a pediatric hospital. The Positive Image Center is a hidden gem on the second floor of American Family Children’s Hospital, known as the only hospital-based salon of its kind geared specifically to children.
For the last 15 years, I’ve worked with school-age children from elementary school through high school as a special education assistant, track and cross country coach and exercise physiologist in the Pediatric Fitness Clinic. During this time, exercise has been my “go to” tool for handling behavioral, performance and medical concerns. It’s obvious that the need for exercise is universal (emotional, physical, and psychological health). However, approaching your child with the type of activity they are drawn to varies based on their personality. It seems as if certain “Fitness Personalities” occur time and time again. Knowing your child’s personality may help you find the right activity for your child that feels natural, is rewarding and fun.