Neurodivergent Fitness – Redefining the Status Quo

When most people think about adaptive exercise for neurodivergent people, they have a narrow concept of what is possible, desirable and necessary. In terms of what’s possible, We’ve often heard things like, “Oh, she won’t do that kind of exercise,” “I don’t think he...

What is Evident in Research Must be Addressed in Reality

By: Eric Chessen, Director of Neuroadaptive Programming, Inclusive Fitness A recent study, this one from Oregon State University, has quantified what many parents and advocates likely experience: that physical activity for those with ASD sharply declines between ages...

Self-determination is key to creating a long-term healthy lifestyle

Over the years, I have learned so much from other parents, advocates and neurodivergent people in our community. Just last week, I read a great post by Jess at Diary of a Mom (if you don’t already follow her, I encourage you to visit her page, as her thoughtful...

I Can Do Anything!

Lucas, our autistic teenage son, was never a stranger to the world of triathlons. He was well aware of what they entailed since it was something he knew Mom did.  So when we pitched him the idea of participating in one himself, he was up for the challenge! And a big...

Benefits of Exercise for the Neurodiverse Population

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the benefits of exercise? Increased strength and endurance, more energy, maybe maintaining a healthy weight, right?  These benefits apply to everyone, whether neurotypical or neurodiverse. However, the...