A 4 WEEK, ONLINE FITNESS CHALLENGE FOR CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS WITH ADDITIONAL NEEDS OR SPECIAL NEEDS, INCLUDING AUTISM AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS.
THIS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM IS DESIGNED FOR PARENTS OR CARERS, TO ENABLE THEM TO LEAD THEIR CHILDREN IN MOTIVATING AND FUN PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES.
Research suggests that vigorous or strenuous exercise is associated with decreases in common behaviours including hyperactivity, aggression, self-injury, and destructiveness.
Vigorous exercise means a 20-minute + aerobic workout, 3 to 4 days a week. Research also suggests that increased aerobic exercise can decrease the frequency of negative, self-stimulating behaviours that are common among people with with people on the Spectrum, or those with additional needs.
Behaviours such as body rocking, spinning, head nodding, hand flapping, object tapping and light gazing have been shown to interfere with positive social behaviours and learning. These behaviours can be controlled by the use of exercise.
Additionally, exercise can discourage aggressive and self-harming behaviours while improving attention span.
Reference – Autism Research Institute, Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
PARENTS DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOU?
Your child reluctantly (if at all) participates in physical activities either at school, or with the family.
You are struggling to find a program to cater for your child’s additional needs, in an empathetic way.
You live outside of Sydney’s Hills District but would love to try a fitness program that you can do at home, as a family.
TEACHERS AND CARERS DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOU?
You don’t have access to a physical activity program that caters specifically for children or teenagers with additional needs.
You would love to encourage your children to be more physically active throughout the day.
You believe your class or group would benefit from a structured physical fitness program that also helps to improve classroom focus and participation.
Your school or community group has budget constraints so you’d love to find a program that you could lead yourself.
This 4 week, online challenge, gives parents and carers the skills, knowledge and tools to get children active and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Getting started cheat sheet.
Case study success story.
Video demonstrations of 28 exercises to do at home or school with your child/children.
Example meal plan.
Weekly activity schedule.
Motivational tools to help get your child or children excited about physical activity.
Access to online community of like-minded parents and carers.
2 x 15 minute Skype calls with personal trainer and program designer Sarah.