Mae Lynn Arlinghaus
My full time job for decades has been to make the best life I can for my son, Henry, 24. Because there is seemingly no place in the real world for those with autism once they leave school, his life is a lonely one, and I know he isn’t the only one. So I’ve been working hard to try to think of ways to include adults with autism in the community. I’ve discovered since Henry left the school system that there is a very big difference between being “in the community” and “included in the community.”
My dream was to create a place where people like Henry can feel included. My gym, Get Fit NH, has always been that for me: a home away from home where people know me, look forward to seeing me, and genuinely care about me. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Henry and others like him could have the same experience?
I believe that people with autism cannot be included if their fundamental differences are not understood and accounted for. Otherwise they are merely present, not included. This is what our autism program at Get Fit NH is all about. We take into account the physical, adaptive, and cognitive differences present in adults with autism and create a fitness program that works for them. Fitness and physical activity should be fun, accessible, effective, and not overwhelming. Autism Fitness programming means that we make use of concepts and activities that work enormously well for athletes with autism. We are making it happen here at Get Fit NH and we hope to share our approach both one on one with our athletes and with families through the Try This @ Home workshops we offer regularly.
- MA, PhD
- Autism Fitness Certified Level 1 Professional