When just beginning my career as a fitness trainer over fifteen years ago, Eric  had the opportunity to develop fitness programs for teens on the autism spectrum and undergo high level ABA training both clinically and academically. As he became increasingly dedicated to working with this unique population, Eric found a near-total lack of information concerning best practices and approaches when creating fitness programs for those with autism.
Steadily, and over the course of a decade working with hundreds of athletes who had significant variance in their ability levels, he began to create the outline for Autism Fitness as a business and mission; providing not just fitness programs, but effective and reliable fitness programs for every individual with autism and related disabilities. Autism Fitness was to serve as a bridge between the professional fitness and autism communities (families, educators, and therapists).
Today, with his athletes in the greater New York Area, the Autism Fitness Toolbox, and the Autism Fitness Certified Practitioner program, Eric continues to build a gateway towards a more optimal, independent future for the ASD community and future generations. When not working with his athletes he is either in the gym, playing outside with friends, or reading.


Autism Fitness Certified Practitioners come from various backgrounds including fitness professionals, OT/PTs, ABA therapists, speech pathologists, Special Educators, and family members. All incoming Certification participants have experience working with the autism and special needs population.
Certified practitioners must demonstrate fluency in the concepts and practices of Autism Fitness/PAC Profile methodology through home study of the Autism Fitness Certification Guidebook, the Autism Fitness Toolbox, and attendance of a 2-day intensive seminar.
All Certified practitioners have passed a comprehensive exam with a grade of 90% or better. They are held to the highest expectations of continuing education and participating in the Autism Fitness Certified Practitioner community. They are expected to represent of upper echelon of professionals working with a niche population.


Interested in taking your professional development further? Are you a parent or family member interested in developing a program in your home or school? Autism Fitness Founder Eric Chessen, M.S., is available on a limited schedule for consulting via Skype. Prerequisite for Skype consulting is purchase and completion of the Autism Fitness Toolbox (many of your questions can be answered through the AFT). To book a Skype consultation, see the scheduling option.

The Autism Fitness Toolbox is the essential resource for professionals & parents