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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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Reinforcement Rules

Pairing stimuli (putting two things, tasks, behaviors, etc.) together is how we learn to enjoy things beyond the basic human necessities. One of the reasons that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has been such a successful approach (both educational the therapeutic) with the autism population is

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Nutrition Basics- Guest Blog Post From Stephanie Goodman

Good nutrition is vital for everyone. However, for children with autism it is even more important. Why? Studies have shown that many children with autism have nutritional deficiencies, numerous digestive issues (ranging from minor to severe)1 and higher rates of obesity2. In addition, many children

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The Slight Moving of the Comfort Zone Line

Because many of my athletes past and athletes present engage in repetitive, ritualistic behaviors, doing something new can be stressful, particularly if it is movement-related. Exercise, at least the way I do it/teach it, is not too passive. The athlete has to be engaged in