How to Motivate An Autistic Teen to Stick With Exercise

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How can you motivate an autistic teenager to stick with an exercise program? It depends…

For a reward to truly motivate, you need to consider what is important to your child. That will be different from one child on the spectrum to the next. And rewards must align with your child’s age, abilities and skills. The one reward you should never offer? Food!

Reward consistency

Maybe your child wants time on the phone or iPad. Or perhaps they want to go to a movie, watch TV or have a friend over. To earn those rewards, they have to complete and keep a record of their 20 minutes of exercise five days in a row.

You can use a written journal for tracking completed exercises, or a phone program. Here are some activity trackers designed for kids.