Challenging Autism with Exercise
This fitness class for students with Autism or other Special Needs will teach the EC's Five Components of Fitness and help them on their journey to maintain a physically active lifestyle. This class is a partnership between the YMCA's H.A.W.K.S. program and Exercise Connection (EC).
From the Exercise Connection Website:
"Exercise helps fitness, focus, and self-confidence which are important ingredients for maximizing job opportunities
Families impacted with autism, down syndrome and other physical and cognitive disabilities are continuously trying to improve their child’s life through diet, cognitive and other behavioral and motor therapies. While all of these strategies are vital during early childhood, parents are often too overwhelmed and don’t consider the future needs of their child.
Significantly more cardiovascular disorders were seen among individuals with developmental disabilities than the general population. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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. The connection between exercise and positive results in autism has been well documented:
Children with autism may experience increases in attention span, on-task behavior and effective in controlling many types of inappropriate behaviors associated with autism after aerobic activity."
*1:1 aids available for an additional fee. Class fee includes a t-shirt.
Visit www.ecautism.com for more information on Exercise Connection