Autism, Exercise, and 8 Equations


I haaaattttteeeeed math all through my standard education, until I took applied statistics in my senior year of undergrad. In a semester, I managed to evolve from a “D” average student to earning an “A.” Did I suddenly get smarter (which would be a decent comic book origin story or pitch for a new neuro-focused supplement), or perhaps applied stats was taught in a way conducive to how I learn. Now, while not always proficient in math, I am¬†fascinated by physics, applied geometry, and data. Having a reinforcing experience with math, just for a semester, provided the boost needed to build a lifelong (from that point) interest and initiative to learn more.

That being the backdrop, here are some equations that help facilitate success developing and providing fitness programs for the autism population:

1) Novel Experience/Activity + Preferred Experience/Activity x Repetition x Consistency = New Reinforcers

2) Best Effort Performance + Behavior-Specific Praise = Greater Occurrence of Best Effort Performance

3) Beginning with Baseline Skills + Appropriate Exercise/Movement Progression = Enhanced Gross Motor Patterns

4) One of My Cats + Digging Around in the Litter Box = Distracting Me from this Post

5) Short, Concise Instructions – “Don’t,” “Not,” “Wrong,” and “Other,” = New Associations/ Contingencies Between the Words and the Actions

6) Squatting with Weight + Overhead Pressing + Carrying Heavy Objects = Physical Skills that will Generalize to other areas of life

7) Teaching New Activities + Offering Choice = Emergence of Creative Play Skills

8) Fitness Activities x Multiple Environments + Multiple Instructors = Faster and More Generalized Mastery

9) Incorporation of Language, Social, and Academic Targets + Medicine Ball Throws = Cognitive Retention

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