Research studies continue to reveal that exercise may positively affect both health and other challenges of those with autism. As further evidence, it was noted in a conference presentation on the National Survey of Autism Treatment Effectiveness
that surveyed parents of children with autism rated exercise as a top treatment for their children.
Training people with autism requires using the same tools and protocols that have been successfully implemented in the classroom but rarely make it to the gym. To do this effectively, fitness professionals must be educated on how to implement these evidence-based practices.
ACSM has partnered with Exercise Connection
to develop an Autism Exercise Specialist Certificate
program and a number of supporting resources.
April 2022: ACSM Releases Call to Action During National Autism Awareness Month