Contact Eric by phone: 516-840-7821
By email: Eric@autismfitness.com
I began working with the autism population about a decade ago as a summer camp counselor. Even then, prior to foreseeing my career, I was fascinated with the few children I met with Autism. While taking graduate courses towards a degree in general psychology, a classmate asked if I would be interested in applying my fitness background to a program for teenagers on the Autism Spectrum. At that time, I was unsure of what I wanted in a career. I was hired to develop and implement fitness programs for several students who, in addition to having autism, exhibited some gross motor challenges.
While developing fitness programs for my students, I underwent intensive training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). I integrated the teaching strategies from ABA with my working knowledge of exercise, and steadily began developing my own model and methods for implementing successful fitness programs for children with Autism.
Around the same time, I was researching, or attempting to research the most effective fitness programs for young people on the autism spectrum. I found virtually nothing on the subject. It was at this point I realized what I wanted to do with my career; to be an advocate and resource for bringing fitness to the autism community.
My career as the “autism fitness guy” grew slowly. I began working with new clients who made great progress in their physical, emotional, and cognitive health. I started writing for autism publications, speaking at various functions and workshops, and filmed my first DVD. In 2008 I changed from my company name from Theraplay-ny to Beyond Boundaries Fitness, as my goal became to bring fitness to as many children and families as possible.
Now, on my blog, I am dedicated to not only providing fitness services to young individuals on the spectrum, but to educating their families, teachers, and other professionals on how to optimize development through exercise.