Sports programs offer social benefits, increase self-esteem and have been shown to increase feelings of well-being.
Start with basic activities:
•Pushing – throwing medicine balls, pushups
•Pulling – climbing, pulling with an exercise band
•Bending – squatting, picking up weighted objects, bear walks, frog hops
•Rotation – pivoting steps, throwing balls while twisting
•Locomotion – short runs, hopping
Based on your child’s abilities continue progressing through different activities or simplify the exercises to fit his or her individual abilities
Use activities your child enjoys as a motivation to engage in physical activity, for example, you might want to do jumping jacks and then listen to a favorite song
Be specific with praise. Instead of a general “good job” notice and compliment specific actions.
Keep instructions simple.
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www.autismfitness.com for great fitness resources from my friend Eric Chessen