As Director of the ASD Fitness Program at 92Y in New York, and in my private practice, I work with children on the autism spectrum who are ages three to 18. Exercise “homework” is an important part of the programs, and I often recommend simple gross motor activities like these.Read More
Parents ask how I convince children on the spectrum to exercise. The most important answer is that I work at making fitness fun for #autistic children. We start with a complete physical assessment and learn about the child’s interests. The most important answer is that I work at making fitness fun. Beyond exercise, I help to create a sense of values, accomplishment and self-worth for the autistic children and young adults I coach. These are building blocks to self-esteem, self-reliance and social interaction.Read More
How can you motivate an #autistic teenager to stick with an exercise program? Rewards!
But the reward you choose has to have a high value for the child, and align with the child’s age, ability and interests..Read More
The top 5 exercises for children on the spectrum are incrementally progressed depending on age, ability and interests. These five important exercises are incrementally progressed.Read More