Designed to address specific areas of difficulty for children, teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the 46 exercises in this comprehensive program are proven to improve body image, motor coordination, posture, muscular and cardiovascular fitness.
The boost to confidence, relationships and general wellbeing resulting from this will be transformative for individuals with ASD and their families. A new edition of a popular program by a well-known autism fitness specialist, this book contains a wealth of innovative exercises to boost body image, motor coordination, posture, muscular and cardiovascular fitness and overall health and wellbeing in children and teens on the autism spectrum, and is ideal for use at home or at school.
Used extensively in homes, schools and specialist ASD programs, the exercises require minimal equipment and can be used in a wide range of settings. Accompanied by clear instructions and explanatory cartoon illustrations, they are easy for non-specialists to follow and can be used just as effectively with groups or individuals.
Packed with helpful advice from the author, an ASD fitness specialist, as well as inspiring case studies and guidelines on adapting the exercises for different ages and abilities, this popular program contains everything needed to get minds and bodies active while having fun!
"The Autism Fitness Handbook greatly demonstrates Coach David's profound understanding of autism and the challenges it causes. The handbook emphasizes the importance of structure and routine, and the use of visual supports and reinforcers, to maximise the learning opportunities for persons with autism. It also explains how exercise can be used to teach concepts, language, social skills, psycho-motor goals, besides achieving motor skills development and body awareness."--Maha Helali, Chairperson and Co-Founder at ADVANCE (The Egyptian Advance Society for Persons with Autism and Other Disabilities)
"The Autism Fitness Handbook breaks down the teaching of exercise to children and adults on the autism spectrum into a clear, concise and common sense approach. "Engage, Educate, Empower and Exercise" are the four components of the Handbook and applicable for everyone to embrace, no matter your ability level."--Danielle Carter, Administrator of the Educational and Life Skills Program, Northern Suburban Special Education District, Highland Park, Illinois
David S. Geslak is the Founder and Director of Exercise Connection Corporation. He has been developing fitness programs for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) since 2004. He has a bachelor's degree in Health Promotion and is a Certified Health Fitness Specialist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. It's David's mission to educate parents, teachers and other professionals about the benefits of exercise for individuals with ASDs, and lead them towards a healthier and more active lifestyle.
168 pages. 2014
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