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Japanese Tea Ceremonies and Hurdles

During one point in our relationship, one of my first and most influential fitness/training/life mentors had me read a copy of Cha-no-Yu, a guide to the Japanese Tea Ceremony. At the time I wasn’t certain whether I was to gain a specific insight via metaphor

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What He Sees

A week days ago I received an email from the mother of a new athlete I am working with. Two days prior I had sent over video of the assessment session I took him through. She relayed his comment in her email; “Is that what

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Exercise, Autism, and Expertise

A friend and fellow fitness professional recently shared this article on his Facebook page:  The Death of Expertise (Federalist, 2014). In addition to citing the autism/vaccine issue (which is only an issue in that the connection myth continues to persist and, as a result, a host

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Controlled Chaos and Why it Works

A few weeks ago I partnered up with the NY Metro chapter of the National Autism Association for our 2nd Autism Fitness in the Park event.  On paper it reads great. Outdoor environment, free to attend, all ages and ability levels, fitness activities. Allow me

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The Empathetic Cone Game

This morning during our session at the park, my athlete “Jay” and I began with the following cone touch activity: 1) Athlete stands on foot-shaped spot markers 2) Athlete touches red, blue, or green cone (placed about two feet in front of him) upon instructor’s

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The Sheet Test

Recently I’ve been under some expert guidance in correcting some movement imbalances that I have accumulated. After nearly fifteen years of weightlifting in various forms, I can claim only a few injuries but some nuances that have become dysfunctional movement patterns. Rather than force my

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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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