Never before has an Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, parent or Educator had such a tool!
What will autism look like five, ten, or twenty years from now? How can Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, educators, and fitness professionals begin meeting tomorrow's needs today? What are the best methods for ensuring optimal, lifelong health and well-being for individuals on the autism spectrum?
Almost a decade ago I began considering these questions.
When I began working with teenagers on the autism spectrum developing fitness programs to suit their individual needs, I did not immediately realize that it would become my lifelong passion to bring fitness, health, and optimal life strategies to the ASD community. As a fitness professional and consultant, I knew that exercise was a gateway towards greater abilities in life. For the autism population, fitness can be used to create new opportunities and skills including self-awareness, self-esteem, self-initiative, and socialization. These are aspects of life that are far too important to go unaccounted for.
Working with children, teens, and young adults on the spectrum in both individual and group situations, home and educational environments, I learned how valuable and remarkably effective phyiscal fitness was. I wanted to share what I've learned, and what I continue to learn, with parents, educators, and fitness professionals everywhere