Social Steps

Sue Abrams

by : Shelley D. Hutchins

Over coffee in 2007, speech-language pathologist Susan Abrams told local gym owner Marc Sickel she wanted a place for her social skills group—five boys with social challenges—to apply their skills outside of treatment. Sickel owns Fitness for Health in Rockville, Maryland, an unusual 4,400-square-foot facility offering exergaming (mixing exercise with video games), a glow-in-the dark climbing wall and gym, a laser maze, a 30-foot trampoline, and a 3-D virtual reality gaming system.

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