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The Low end of Adaptive: Behavior Support with Fitness

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

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Improving Expectations

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.

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The Information Sieve: Autism, Healthy Living, and a Big Fat Gap

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

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When to end a Session (and How to Keep it Going)

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

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Objects vs. Objectives Revisited

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

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The Art of Crap Coaching (And how to Remedy it)

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,

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All New Autism Fitness E-Books Available

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

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Yes, it’s Really Like Fitness Stuff

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

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Definition: Muscular and Otherwise

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

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