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The Autism Fitness Handbook


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Foreword by Stephen M. Shore. Introduction. Part One: Engage. 1. Exercise...The Gateway to Build Fitness, Self-Esteem, and Relationships. Part Two: Educate. 2. The Five Components of Physical Fitness - Revisited. 3. Setting up an Individualized Program. 4. Creating Individual Visual Exercise Schedules. Part Three: Empower. 5. Champion Stories. Part Four: Exercise. Body Image. 1. Body Part Identification. 2. The Pretzel. 3. Stability Ball Hug. 4. Arm. 5. Foot. Posture. 6. Calf stretch. 7. Hip Extensions. 8-10. Log Exercises. 11. Dog. 12. Frankensteins. Motor Coordination. 13-15. Ladder Drills. 16. Ball Catch (Large & Small). 17. Crossover March. 18. Crossover March with Elbows. 19-21. Letter Jumping. Muscular Fitness. 22. Dumbbell Chest Press. 23. Single Arm Dumbbell Row. 24. Standing Band Row (Two Hands). 25-27. Medicine Ball (MB) Series. Abdominal Strength. 28-31. Superman Series. 32. Push-Up Hold. 33. Elbows 'n' Toes. 34. Partner Crunch. Cardiovascular Fitness. 35-42. Running Mechanics. 43. Treadmill. 44. Cone Running. 45. Exercise Bike. 46. Trampoline. References.

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Boost confidence, posture, coordination and fitness for children with ASD!

About the Author

David S. Geslak is the Founder and Director of Exercise Connection Corporation. He has been developing fitness programs for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) since 2004. He has a bachelor's degree in Health Promotion and is a Certified Health Fitness Specialist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. It is David's mission to educate parents, teachers and other professionals about the benefits of exercise for individuals with ASDs, and lead them towards a healthier and more active lifestyle. David lives in Chicago, Illinois. His company's website can be found at: www.ecautism.com.


The Autism Fitness Handbook greatly demonstrates Coach David's profound understanding of autism and the challenges it causes. The handbook emphasizes the importance of structure and routine, and the use of visual supports and reinforcers, to maximise the learning opportunities for persons with autism. It also explains how exercise can be used to teach concepts, language, social skills, psycho-motor goals, besides achieving motor skills development and body awareness. -- Maha Helali, Chairperson and Co-Founder at ADVANCE (The Egyptian Advance Society for Persons with Autism and Other Disabilities)
Physical fitness - so often overlooked when helping people with autism reach their full potential - provides extended and far-reaching benefits. David Geslak gives us an understandable and achievable plan everyone can implement. His compassion, knowledge and understanding make this book a must-read for every parent and professional who works in the autism community. -- Anissa Ryland, Executive Director, The Johnson Center for Child Health & Development
The Autism Fitness Handbook breaks down the teaching of exercise to children and adults on the autism spectrum into a clear, concise and common sense approach. "Engage, Educate, Empower and Exercise" are the four components of the Handbook and applicable for everyone to embrace, no matter your ability level. -- Danielle Carter, Administrator of the Educational and Life Skills Program, Northern Suburban Special Education District, Highland Park, Illinois

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