We are a national team of educated and devoted health and fitness professionals. We specialize in caring for, treating, and preventing chronic illness. We are dedicated to helping improve the quality of life for those with autism and their caregivers. We are passionate about enhancing awareness, and sharing the best resources for those with autism.
Autism and Exercise
- CDC data says that 1 in 68 children have autism spectrum disorder.
- One of the most effective treatments for autistic people is exercise. Studies show that vigorous or strenuous exercise is associated with decreases in stereotypic (self-stimulatory) behaviors, hyperactivity, aggression, self-injury, and destructiveness
- Since exercise is inexpensive, safe, and healthful, it makes sense to try an exercise program to reduce behavior problems rather than to use more expensive and possibly harmful treatments, such as drugs.
- According to a report by AbilityPath.org:
- Among some special needs groups, as many as 86% of teens are overweight or obese
- Among youth with physical disabilities, 39% report never exercising at all. Many children with disabilities need modifications to participate in fitness activities, but many do not have access to adaptive equipment or to inclusive recreational classes
- A positive participatory sports model vs. the traditional “winner and loser” model is a critical step to improving the fitness and activity levels of children with special needs and disabilities
Medical & Health Organization Resources
|Eric Chessen’s Autism Fitness is dedicated to creating exercise programs for all individuals on the Autism Spectrum.|
|KEEN empowers youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness and fun, led by volunteer coaches. KEEN fosters confidence, self-esteem and community inclusion for youth with disabilities. KEEN is an MFN partner organization.|
|For the last 10 years, David S. Geslak has been developing exercise programs to meet the very specific challenges of the autism and special needs community. Through the Exercise Connection’s (EC) use of structure, visual supports and workshops the EC has created a program that is filling the gap.|
Autism Statistics Source: https://www.autism.com/treating_exercise
AbilityPath.org report Finding Balance: Obesity and Children with Special Needs: http://www.abilitypath.org/health-daily-care/health/growth-and-nutrition/articles/obesity/pdfs/obesity-report.pdf