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More Movement Patterns for Autism Athletes

In Motor Planning, ABA, and the Autism Athlete, I demonstrated a chained activity that involved a sequence of mastered targets. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I want to provide live, unedited examples of my sessions. There are certainly behavioral challenges that are unique to the young autism population, and it is important to touch on the topic when discussing exercise.

You will undoubtedly notice that our situation in this video does not get off to the most focused of beginnings. Gaining the attention of the athlete or “stimulus control” is the bountiful harvest of effective teaching. I have to argue that moving around and having flying objects and obstacles (medicine balls, sandbells, hurdles, etc.) not only creates an environment in which attending is warranted, but also immediately reinforced (catching a ball, for example). Check out how once we (finally) get into the chain of exercise, attending becomes far more evident and focus, including eye contact and body position, is heightened.

Untitled from Eric Chessen on Vimeo.

We also get some great language targets in the end. Finally, for those wondering, I did NOT put on “Somebody’s Watching Me” in the background. That was my athlete’s neighbor. Still…it fits in well.

Live Inspired,