I’ve worked with a range of individuals on the autism spectrum with respect to Physical, Adaptive, and Cognitive functioning. On the low end of adaptive/behavioral abilities, aggressive or self-injurious behavior can be a concern. As a fitness professional, or someone who is providing an ongoing
Consistency in expectation is a key component of Autism Fitness programming. My athletes know what to expect from me, and I know what they are capable of doing. This is not an immediate situation, but one that develops through building a rapport with an individual.
One of our we-don’t-want-it-to-be-a-secret secrets in the strength and fitness community is that we ( the learned and practiced strength and fitness community, both professional and enthusiast), have know a lot about gaining and maintaining health for some time (circa early 1900’s). Resistance training for
Autism Fitness sessions with my athletes typically last about an hour. Therapists, fitness professionals, we typically work on either a 45 minute to 1 hour session time frame. Some of us even get fancy and do a “professional” hour, which translates to 50 minutes. But
One of the central concepts in Autism Fitness programming is Objects vs. Objectives. Recently I overheard a discussion between two parents regarding use and access to a treadmill for one of their teens on the spectrum. Now why a treadmill? Because of the current overwhelmingly
As my 10-year-old athlete “Nick” dashes through a circuit of Sandbell overhead presses, overhead walks, squats to a Dynamax ball, and jumping rope swings, I hear the grand old sound of sport-specific coaching for children. About a hundred yards away from our playground fitness empire,
After a longer-than-expected editing process, the new Autism Fitness E-books are finally available. Both The Autism Fitness E-Book and Bike to the Future feature: – New exercises with full color pictures – Programming ideas – Detailed, easy-to-understand plans for implementing fitness programs – Behavior support concepts
On Sunday I had my regularly scheduled AM park session with 9-year-old “Jack,” who has a PDD diagnosis. We set up a fitness rope, Sandbells, small hurdles, spot markers, and a medicine ball on the blacktop. Typically, some other children wander over to our spot
Autism Fitness Tutorial Tolerance and Motivation June 2013 from Eric Chessen on Vimeo.
My park sessions with Nick rule. I have him perform some combination of Sandbell presses, Overhead walks, Rope swings, Squats to a Dynamax ball, Jumping Push throws, and hanging off the monkey bars. His reinforcer/break consists of playing on the playground or on the swings