Parents ask: How should I teach my autistic toddler to swim. The answer: the same way you’d teach any child. Start with water play in the sink and bath. Teach water safety from the start.Read More
The term "stimming" is short for self-stimulatory behavior. I see two types of stimming behavior among the children and young adults in my autism physical fitness practice: positive and negative. In both groups, a program of vigorous exercise reduces the need to stim, possibly because exercise releases beta-endorphins just like stimming.
Any medication - even those sold over the counter - can have side effects. These side effects can be especially tumultuous and dangerous for children and young adults on the autism spectrum. That’s why careful record keeping is critical.Read More
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
We brought our trampoline to the 2019 IncludeNYC Fair, New York City’s largest event for families and young people with autism and disabilities. At least 100 of the children on the spectrum who attended jumped on our trampoline. They had fun while enjoying trampolining's huge fitness benefits..
Besides being a lot of fun, jumping on a trampoline helps children on the spectrum to improve motor skills, coordination and balance. Trampolining is also a great way to meet kids’ sensory stimulation requirements, provide lots of movement to stimulate their senses, and create a focused activity to do when they feel over-stimulated.Read More
We’ll be at IncludeNYC Fair on Saturday, Jan 20 from 11am-3pm at fully accessible Hotel Pennsylvania - 401 Seventh Ave (between 32nd & 33rd St) Meet us and more than 80 providers of after school and year-round programs for children with ASD and special needs. The event is free to attend and children are welcome.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.Read More
Here are seven calming apps for people with autism anxietyRead More
Families with children on the spectrum show us what living with autism is like, in their own words — their struggles, their concerns and, most of all, the way they’re fighting for the same thing every parent wants: to make sure their kids get the opportunities they deserve.Read More