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Of Inchworms and Pterodactyls: Autism Fitness Assessments

“Today you should have seen me and Mousy today, at school today” – “Drugs” Delany, Outside Providence, Greatest Comedic Movie Scene Ever This afternoon I performed 7 PAC Profile Assessments in two and a half hours, which may or may not be a record. While

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Can’t Versus Won’t: Fitness and Motivation

Some of my Autism Fitness athletes have a tendency to wait a couple seconds before performing the activity-in-question. Sometimes it is a processing delay, and, on occasion (see also; Regularly), it is because the exercise/activity is not inherently reinforcing enough for them to immediately invest

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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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Autism, Exercise, and 8 Equations

I haaaattttteeeeed math all through my standard education, until I took applied statistics in my senior year of undergrad. In a semester, I managed to evolve from a “D” average student to earning an “A.” Did I suddenly get smarter (which would be a decent

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Social Activities through Autism Fitness

Creating fitness programs for the autism population becomes even more fun and dynamic when we enlist the help of our athletes. In the video below, one of my athletes, Richard, and one of my future Autism Fitness Certified Practitioners, Esther take us through a unique

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Basic Fitness to Awesome Autism Fitness Activities

In our Autism Fitness Programs, we begin with teaching basic movement skills that include the following movement patterns: Pushing, Pulling, Bending, Locomotion Once our students and athletes with autism begin to master the basic movements and gross motor deficits are replaced with new abilities, we

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