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Autism Fitness Expert: Eric Chessen

50min :22sec

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Physical Fitness and Active Play are crucial areas of development and life skills that most often elude the Auitsm population. In this interview, Autism Fitness Founder Eric Chessen will discuss the Why's, What's, and How's in understanding what individuals with ASD need for optimal physical health both in the immediate and long-term. Approaching the issue from an interdisciplinary model, Eric will demystify some of the common assumptions about fitness and physical education, along with practical programming strategies for parents and professionals. Participants will learn:

» Why Physical Fitness is Necessary for Optimal Living
» How Fitness Can Build Cognitive and Social Skills
» The 3 Must-Know Areas of Ability
» The Difference Between Sports and Active Play
» Assessing Skill Levels for Program Development
» The Two Absolutely Essential Programming Concepts
» How to Create Adaptive PE Programs for Groups with ASD
...and More.

Eric Chessen, M.S., is the Founder of Autism Fitness. For over a decade Eric has been developing and implementing successful fitness and active play programs for the ASD and special needs population. In addition to working with his athletes, Eric consults with fitness and educational programs worldwide. He is the creator of the PAC Profile and author of several E-books. More information can be found on his site, AutismFitness.com and blog, EricChessen.com





Autism Advocate & Author: Jennifer O'Toole

59min :20sec

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Jennifer O’Toole is the creator of Asperkids, LLC, author of best-selling Asperkids book series, and an internationally-acclaimed motivational speaker. She has been recognized as one of the ‘World’s Top Aspie Mentors’, is the winner of the Temple Grandin Global Contribution Award, and has advised the President’s Council at the White House. Jennifer was diagnosed as having Aspergers Syndrome in adulthood, is the mother of three children with Aspergers, and is also the wife of an Aspie.