Encouraging Exercise

For some children with autism, physical activity, or “exercise” can be limited for a number of reasons. Increasing physical activity for ALL children is critical for improving and sustaining health. Watch Tom and Aldo, who up until this point, engaged in very little physical activity. Tom changes that with the use of Aldo’s strongest reinforcer: SOCIAL PRAISE! You will see Aldo engaged in a variety of physical activities including stretching, running, and dancing. He is also getting plenty of opportunities to practice other important skills such as social skills, following directions, and imitating others. Aldo is enjoying himself so much that he asks, “What’s next?” Tell us some ways that you encourage exercise.

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One comment on “Encouraging Exercise

  1. Michele Dunleavy

    Tom, thanks fo rsharing this informtion via LinkedIn. I am a certified Health and PE teacher with a passion in the are of Stress Maanagement. I am also a wellness/fitness advocate who is looking to be a positive influence/impact player in helping children with Autism/ADHD via exercise and diet. Please forward any information that may be useful for me. The Autistic community is somewhat new to me( i do have a nephew/godson who is 26 yrs old now and has PDDA), yet I’ve always been intrigued by their disabilities and while substitute teaching i notice that I gravitiate towards helping these children continually. I aim to help them and create a game pan to “make it happen” an possibly incorporate my Stress Management material as well for the parents. Thoughts, suggestions???
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring me more!

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