What We Do
One-on-one personal training
These one-on-one fitness sessions will be individualized following a plan that was developed after an assessment of the athlete’s physical, adaptive and cognitive abilities and challenges. It will incorporate strength, agility, coordination, balance and flexibility. Visual supports will be utilized to improve each athlete’s success rate in learning the exercises.
Buddy sessions and small group classes
The client can bring a sibling or friend or we can pair 2 clients with similar needs and goals. We will be adding small group classes in the future. Buddy sessions and small group classes add the component of socialization as well as increased independence.
summer fitness and cycling camps
This summer, we completed our first summer fitness camp called Wellness Wednesdays. It was a great success. It was a fun combination of health/fitness education, fitness activities and a healthy snack. In the future, we hope to be able to add a bicycle training camp that will provide specialized instruction to assist athletes who have been unable to ride a bicycle to learn in a safe and fun environment.
Parent and community education
Classes will be offered to parents and include topics such as the importance and benefits of exercise, health and nutrition for their families. Workshops are available to community organizations and schools in order to teach them the components of an exercise program, how to implement exercises in the classroom or gym and how to design workouts.
Why we do what we do
We believe that regular fitness activities can improve not only the health but also the cognitive, social, confidence and movement skills of individuals with autism and other related disorders.
Our mission is to provide fitness opportunities and health education to families and individuals who would otherwise not be able to access these services due to the social, cognitive and communication challenges that they face.
We want to impact the lives of individuals with autism and other related disorders by teaching them to participate in and even enjoy physical activity, to educate our athletes and their families about health and fitness, and to build awareness in the community on the importance of programs of this type for this population and how to implement them community-wide.
In addition to the well-known benefits of regular exercise (improved health, strength, endurance, sleep, mood and healthy weight) it has been shown to have these additional benefits for individuals with autism
1. reduced stereotypic behaviors
2. reduced aggression or repetitive behaviors
3. decreased nonfunctional behavior so that individuals can function more easily in the workplace, social and academic settings, and beyond
4. anxiety, depression, sleeping and eating disturbances, attention issues, temper tantrums, and aggression or self-injury have individually seen improvement with exercise
5. improved balance and voluntary motor movement, decreased occurrence of interruptive stereotypic behaviors, improved social competence, attain agility and confidence in sports activities, activate behavioral neurons in the brain, and relief for comorbidities
6. improved fine motor skills, sensory integration issues, attention span, coordination, visual tracking of moving objects and reaction time
7. can help with some of the more common gross motor issues, including difficulties with gait, difficulty with leaning forward properly, or lack of muscle tone in the trunk leading to instability
8. Behaviors such as body rocking, spinning, head-nodding, hand flapping, object-tapping, and light gazing, that have been shown to interfere with positive social behavior and learning, can thus be controlled by the use of exercise.
9. Additionally, exercise can discourage aggressive and self-injurious behavior while improving attention span.