There’s something ridiculous going on. With piles of research and real-world evidence demonstrating a strong link between regular physical activity and optimal behavioral and cognitive functioning, you would think special education programs would have mandatory fitness programs. 

autism fitness in your classroomBut most don’t. In fact many Adaptive PE programs have been cut entirely because of budget constraints. Many of the programs I have visited don’t even have an Adaptive PE specialist on staff. Students are left to wander around the gym during PE class, if there is “time” for PE class at all. 

A recent study noted that young people with autism are more at risk for inactivity-related complications including obesity, heart disease, poor gross motor skills, and Type II diabetes. To have an ASD diagnosis is challenge enough, adding an entirely preventable problem, or problems is simply not acceptable. 

So how do we win in this situation? How do you bring fitness programs into the lives of students with autism when there is limited gym time or none at all? 

At the Autism Fitness workshop in Pasadena, CA on October 6th, 2012, you can learn how to develop and successfully introduce fitness programs for your students with autism. Imagine a reduction in problem behaviors, increased attending to tasks, and greater ability to perform daily life skills. Good fitness programs can provide that and plenty more. Fitness is proactive and preventative. 

  • At the Autism Fitness full-day seminar you will learn: 
  • How to assess Physical, Adaptive, and Cognitive functioning
  • Fitness activities versus sports activities (why one provides much greater outcomes)
  • Choosing appropriate exercises
  • Fitting fitness class into any size space
  • How to include speech and language development into physical education time

The only 2 ways that can be successful when working with a group of students on the spectrum

Behavioral support for students who have low adaptive skills and “won’t” participate

  • Individualized goals 

Over the course of the school year, even within weeks, your students could gain skills in all 3 areas of development; Physical, Adaptive, and Cognitive. Join us on October 6th at Pilates Barbell Club ( in Pasadena, CA and make fitness your go-to strategy for the best school year ever. 

For more information and registration, visit 

Space is LIMITED to 25 participants! Reserve your place now! 

And if you can’t make it to Pasadena, check out the Autism Fitness PAC Profile Toolbox at

eric-chessenEric Chessen is the founder of Autism Fitness and the leading authority in fitness for the autism population. He is the author of Autism Fitness and The PAC Profile.

He lectures, provides workshops for parents and teachers, and creates informational products to help understand the link between fitness and autism.

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