Posts in Autism Physical Fitness
How Exercise Affects Stimming in Autistic Children

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.

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The Benefits of Trampolining for Autistic Children

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.

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