As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace  ~ 1 Peter 4:10


Jacob's Ladder Special Needs Fitness is a Christian, non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to helping the special needs community lead healthier lives by providing ongoing, regular and consistent exercise opportunities, as well as educating them regarding a healthy lifestyle.

Our Core Values are teamwork, fellowship and encouragement.

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Jacob's Ladder Special Needs Fitness

Location: Strongsville OH 44149

Phone:      440-212-1533




Each special need child can have a unique set of nutritional risks, depending on their condition and medical issues varying from weight problems to relational food issues to medicine and genetic factors. Their nutritional plan should incorporate those issues, work to solve or support them, and ultimately to improve their nutrition on a daily basis.


Step 1

We have all been there. The kids just like what they like and it’s tough to get them to try new things. Involve your child in the grocery shopping experience. Encourage them to try things that will benefit their bodies and explain the importance of healthy eating. Choose something new to try from the produce section or a new shape of pasta. Try one new thing at a time until you find something they like. Consult with your child’s doctor if there are food issues related to medicines. Ask for guidance.

Step 2

Gradually add new foods that your child likes and encourage them to eat less and buy less of the foods that are unhealthy. Continue to talk to about the benefits of healthy eating in new and different ways. Establish a positive meal-time routine. Do some research and involve your child in reading about healthy eating habits and why they are important. Always offer choices and include something in the family meal that your child will eat.

Step 3

A successful nutrition plan will look different for each child. Adapt meals and snacks to continually add as many nutritional foods as you can. This will happen over time - don’t overwhelm your child with too many new foods, too quickly. Continue to give choices and allow them to say “no thank you” to some foods. As they accept and adapt to new foods, incorporate those foods gradually before you try another.

Working It

Here is a summary of the top 10 diets for kids with special needs. Consult with your health care provider and choose one of these if it fits your child’s dietary needs.

Here are some pointers for parents of Down Syndrome kids that will help with this part of the plan.

Nutritional Pointers & App Help

Grab an app to help, inspire, and keep track of the nutritional needs and exercise for your kids.

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