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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Autism Fitness Programs

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss the health problems of people on the spectrumYesterday's post discussed the problem of obesity and physical inactivity.  Here are a couple of efforts to address the problem.

Kayla Burton reports at WGGB-TV:
The Holyoke Public School system hosting an autism fitness certification class this weekend meant to help people off all ages with the disorder.

While many autism programs address the cognitive side of autism, Founder, Eric Chessen, told Western Mass News the goal of this program is take on the physical health of those with the disorder.

"It's not just for highly motivated individuals who are below 12 years in age this is really for, everyone and what we're looking at is fitness as a gateway as optimal development to other areas," Chessen said.

The Autism Fitness Program was developed roughly 15 years ago.

FROM 2018: Dion Lim at KGO-TV in San Francisco:
Puzzle Piece Athletics is a first-of-its-kind gym in the Bay Area serving kids with autism. With hard work, determination, encouragement, and a special compassion lives are changed.
RELATED: New Bay Area gym specializes in CrossFit training for kids with autism

Join us as we introduce you to some of the wonderful people working out their muscles of happiness and hope.
For more information about Puzzle Piece Athletics, you can visit their Facebook and Instagram pages.