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Eric Chessen’s New E-Book: Autism Fitness

aut-fit-ebookEric Chessen… hands down is the “Leading Authority” in fitness, exercise and play for children and individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

Never has there been an expert that can… and will… give you qualified answers to the baffling questions you may have… like:

  • How can I get my child to play with others?
  • How much exercise is right for “my” child?
  • When is it the right time to start a fitness program for my child?

There is no reason for you to ask questions any more… the “Real” answers are in the brand new E-Book… Autism Fitness.

Isn’t it about time you got real answers? Of course it is!

Well what are you waiting for? Let’s get your child moving in the “right” direction… NOW!

Autism Fitness FAQ’s


My philosophy is that fitness is the ability to successfully navigate through everyday challenges, from getting dressed to taking out the garbage to playing on the monkey bars. At the foundation of all human performance is fitness. One of the first challenges we face in life is movement against gravity. This involves becoming aware of our bodies and our surroundings.

Individuals on the autism spectrum  often have movement deficits that are clearly evident, and many that are less than obvious.  Fitness, and well-designed exercise programs, are gateways towards some of the most crucial developmental objectives for young individuals including Self-Esteem, Self-Efficacy, Independence and Socialization. Fitness should ultimately result in a developing an enjoyment of movement and a lifetime of healthy activity.

We want to focus on developing better movements (squatting, pushing, pulling, locomotion, rotation) in a variety of situations and environments.

What’s Your Philosophy? 

I will readily admit that even though I put this in the FAQ section, I don’t get asked this question enough. Regarding fitness, I want my athletes to develop strength, stability, and coordination, being able to perform more complex movements over time (think multi-step activities). Most sport- or activity-specific programs take a backwards approach; they try to build specific skills without first setting a foundation. It’s like expecting a branch to grow the trunk of the tree rather than the trunk growing the branch. Building general physical abilities has carryover or “generalization” to other areas of life and activity.

Isn’t Fitness taught in school through sports and Physical Education?

Sometimes. For the past several decades, general fitness has fallen out of most P.E. curriculums in favor of sports-focused activities. Without general fitness programming as a cornerstone, two major problems occur; 1) Children do not develop the basic skills necessary to be successful, or even enjoy, sports and 2) Children who do not naturally gravitate towards a particular sport eventually cease all physical activity.  For individuals on the autism spectrum, fitness and exercise are often overlooked as life skills, however there is an abundance of research and clinical evidence supporting the dramatic benefits of implementing fitness programs for special needs populations.

What do children need to be doing?

Jumping, climbing, skipping, pushing, pulling, throwing, catching.  Essentially, playing. As a result of the deficits in socialization that individuals with ASD typically exhibit, creative and active play may be a rare, if non-existent activity. Beyond Boundaries develops individualized fitness programs that incorporate a wide array of activities all based in the five essential movement patterns:

– Pushing


– Level Change

– Rotation


What does an Autism Fitness Session Look Like?

At Autism Fitness, a comprehensive assessment, the PAC Profile, created by Founder Eric Chessen is used to determine the physical, adaptive, and cognitive abilities of each athlete. We need to know about these in order to create a program that is appropriate for each individual and will be reinforcing. From there, appropriate exercises, fitness activities, and strategies for teaching can be implemented. Rather than explaining, there are plenty of videos here and on the blog. 


Autism Fitness Consulting

Either on-site or distance (via Skype or phone), Autism Fitness Founder Eric Chessen offers several packages for professionals and parents who want to begin developing a fitness/PE program for those with ASD or enhance an existing curriculum or practice.  Email for scheduling prior to purchasing. 

Skype/Phone Consultations

Skype/Phone Consult


PE and Fitness Center Distance Packages

Autism Fitness offers several distance options for schools, fitness centers, and educational programs that want to develop a successful fitness or physical education program. 

Distance Package 1

– Six one-hour calls via Skype or phone ($95/call value, dates and times to be arranged)
– PAC Profile Program ($97 value)
– Specific programming strategies via text document ($275)
– Videos of exercise progressions and regressions ($275)
– Unlimited email support for trouble-shooting and programming
– Discounted rate on future consulting calls ($85/hr)
Contact for options and pricing 

Distance Consulting Package 2

– 3 one-hour calls via Skype or phone ($95/call value, dates and times to be arranged)
– PAC Profile Program ($97 value)
– Specific programming strategies via text document ($275)
– Unlimited email support for trouble-shooting and programming
Contact for options and pricing 

*Autism Fitness also accepts purchase orders from schools and educational programs.

On-Site Consulting and Training

The best possible way to learn is direct, in-the-room, person-to-person education. Autism Fitness offers on-site, full-day and two-day training for fitness facilities, park and recreation departments, schools, therapy centers, and other organizations.  Eric’s full day training has been praised extensively as an informative, fun, and practical program that covers:

– Autism Fitness Methods both Concept and Applied

– Assessing Individual Abilities

– Fitness/PE Program Development

– Realistic and Measurable Goal-Setting

– Individual and Group curricula

– Activity Selection with applicable progressions/regressions of exercises

– Behavior Support and Teaching Strategies (as related to fitness and movement programs)

*All while moving, engaging, and having the most fun you will have during a staff training!

For more information on trainings, including hosting outside the NY Metro area and pricing, email with “Autism Fitness Seminar” in the subject line.