"Best. Training. Ever. My students are benefitting tremendously from Autism Fitness."
“The Autism Fitness Level 1 certification has given me a set of tools that allows me to appropriately assess each athlete individually, in a field where we continue to provide proper care to the athletes I work with everyday. I’ve been certified since 2017, and since then, I’ve been successful in working with many athletes of all ages in improving their quality of life. Many of my athletes are not only looking forward to our sessions together, but they are also motivated and developing independent skills by being able to successfully complete many of the exercises within their programs on their own”
“Good coaches know that understanding your athletes’ particular needs is essential. This is especially true when working with athletes with autism. Parents know that our kids with autism need fitness coaching that goes beyond what’s already available. Autism Fitness is THE key to unlocking the physical, adaptive, and cognitive differences that define this population. Whether you are a personal trainer or a parent, educate yourself in the methods of Autism Fitness. This is what you’ve been looking for.”
The Autism Fitness Certification and PAC Profile were developed to work with individuals of any age or ability level. The program has also been used successfully with other Neurodiverse challenges including Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, PDD-NOS, ADHD, and others.
Early on, Founder Eric Chessen found success working with individuals who had significant physical, motivational, and cognitive challenges. That led to the development, testing, and validation of the PAC Profile Method, the core of the Autism Fitness Level 1 program.
Using the PAC Assessment to determine the best approach for each athlete, you will be able to create effective programs in any situation.
Knowing the physical, adaptive/behavioral, and cognitive challenges of ASD, it is crucial that the concepts and strategies can work for anyone. That's what you'll get in Level 1.
Whether your athlete is highly motivated or won't (yet) perform a single exercise, you will know exactly how to meet them where they are now.
- Physical and Occupational Therapists
-Registered Behavior Technicians
- Adapted PE Instructors
- Personal Trainers
- Speech Therapists/SLPs
- Recreation Specialists
- Parents and Family Members
The 9-session classes are 90 minutes each and it typically takes an attendee 4-6 weeks to complete the classes along with the reading assignments and quizzes.
The Level 1 Virtual Hands-on Practical is a full day of training. Attendees must be present for the entire event and have a training/practice partner for the last section of the day.
Being able to scale programming for each student/athlete enables you to set individual goals and provide physical, adaptive, and cognitive support.
Many of our attendees are PE and Adapted PE professionals looking to enhance and optimize their classes. Whether working with both general and neurodiverse students or self-contained classes, the Autism Fitness Method gives you a structure for delivering outstanding programs.
Definitely. In addition to the self-paced classes we schedule the virtual live practical throughout the year for different time zones.
There are 3 Levels to the Autism Fitness Certification. After achieving Level 1 credentials Certified Pros can continue their mastery in Level 2, focusing on developing programming and coaching skills. At Level 3, our Master Coach Level, Pros can teach the virtual live practical.
Yes. Attendess must pass our Level 1 exam consisting of a multiple choice section, fill-ins, short answers, and two video submissions graded by our Pro Grading Team. Passing grade is 90% or better.
Select your preferred Level 1 practical date when you register. Attend the virtual practical via Zoom and enrich your skills with a full day of hands-on learning. In the virtual practical we learn by doing, covering the following;
- Comprehensive understanding of the PAC Profile Method and its real-world application
- Exercise progressions, regressions, and common movement compensations
- Prompting and fading strategies for optimal exercise performance
- Positive behavior support in the fitness/APE environment
- Coaching strategies
Hone your coaching skills while getting real-time feedback from Autism Fitness Founder Eric Chessen and Level 2 Certified Pros. You'll need some equipment and a partner to join you for the last section of the day. Here you will "put it all together" and practice the very skills you will use with your athletes.