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Getting kids to MOVE

Once we establish some foundational movements, we can begin to incorporate more complex series of patterns meaning…


Big chains of activities are great for the following reasons:

– Motor planning

– Generalizing movement skills

– Following directions

-Task adherence


– Working with groups

My friend and mentor (one of many) Dave Jack mentioned to me in an email last week that much of the information I provide on the blog is applicable to all athletes, not only those children and young individuals with autism. I agree completely. In fact, the sooner we can develop a combination of basic physical aptitude and an enjoyment of physical activity for children with autism, the sooner we can develop family- and group-based fitness programs that EVERYONE can participate in.

The video below demonstrates one of my favorite series of movement patterns. From the ground to standing, this is a great example of an activity that requires minimal equipment and has maximal benefit for ANY individual.

S & E Bear Walks, Ropes, and Sandbell Slams from Eric Chessen on Vimeo.

The sound effects provided by my athlete in no way reflect the non-gaseous nature of Autism Fitness, its officers, or members. We at AF believe such whimsical outbursts should be confined to a safe, open area free of volatile materials, fire, or those with olfactory sensitivities. Whatever, he’s having fun…

Live Inspired,