Children with Autism can use Exercise as a Sensory Break

Welcome back and continuing to watch are workout series of how to improve the lives of individuals with autism with spectrum disorders through exercise Coach Ashley and I here are to show you about some different
routines and strategies you can use in the
classroom and we are highlighting who today? Dylan! Mr. Dylan champion Dylan he is going to take us through the routines and he does an excellent job him and Ashley do an excellent job so Ashley we’re in the classroom what are you and Dylan going to show us? Today we’re going to show you that these exercises can be broken down within a classroom setting Whether they’re in the inclusion setting
or in a self-contained setting there’s a space within the classroom that can use sensory breaks Awesome so what do you mean by space in the classroom? Are you saying like maybe in the corner of a classroom we’d put a mat and that becomes the designated exercise area for our students? Absolutely that’s the designated area where it controls
classroom behaviors learning as well as language development for individuals And I know you were a special-ed teacher before you joined us at the exercise connection but so this is what you did in your
classrooms? Ok awesome! Alright so great ways to learn calm behaviors and ultimately we’ve been telling you throughout all these series is we just need to get our children moving and like Ashley said it helps develop
their learning and their ability to learn Alright I’m gonna step away Dylan I wanna see what you’ve been doing You ready? Alright coach Ashely go do it So Dylan What are we gonna do first? Exercise and thank you for picking the exercises What exercises are we doing Dylan? What are we going to do first? Superman.
Superman, very good what we gonna do next Lion and then shoulder raise and then what are we gonna do? Catch We’ll play catch, right? And then what are you gonna get? Surprise for your exercise journal alright ready Alright ready? Right here? So she’s showing him the visual schedule which we’ve been showing you throughout the series Very good What song are we gonna sing? Now I’m Speechless Love Bug. Ready? Alright What are we gonna do first? Dylan are you gonna sing and coach Ashley counts? Okay I’ll stop counting when you start singing Ready? Go! Good keep going! Very good Keep going We’re doing both sides of the body This is challenging both sides of the brain Good! Very good Dylan! Nice job! Do you want to finish it? Yes What’s next? Lion! So Dylan moved the card from the green which means go to the red which means stop or finish Nice job buddy! Yeah! You’re good! Thank you for turning the way I am Can we sing a song? Okay. Ready? Go! Nice job! We done? Alright. And what’s our last exercise? Okay. Can you hold with the weights? So music is the motivator there? Yes Do you have anything he wants to with your students what have you done anything that they want? Do you pick it? We’ll alternate there’s times where I’ll give them the choice of whether or not I choose Maybe the exercise activity or the song or I always give them ownership of their learning and their exercise so usually I give
them that choice. Ready? Are you gonna sing a song? Or are you gonna count? Sing a song. Okay what song are you gonna sing? Love Bug. Again? Alright let’s sing Love Bug Ready? Go! You done? More! Keep going Very good! Nice job Dylan! Can you put the weights down? Very good What are we gonna do second? Catch Okay We’ll put this here I’ll pick them up. Nice job Do you want the ball? Ask Coach Dave for the ball How many catches are we gonna do? Seven Very good So gross motor now you gave him ownership by picking the number and now he just worked a little five motor right? Absolutely. Awesome! Ready? Ready? 3. Great! 4 5 6 7 8 9. Shall we still do one more? Yes let’s do one more. 10 Dylan what did we do first? We exercised. What kind of exercises did you do? Superman and the Lion And then what did we do? Catch. Surprise Where is your surprises? Yes let’s bring our exercise journal So is this something you do after all the routines? After all the exercises We work on fine motor skills. Okay. And we also pick the exercise that he most enjoyed during his exercise class So working on fine motor are you saying you guys are just this is writing? His writing, his penmanship Okay Look at that Good And they may not have see that but what’s he Ow! Not cool! Okay You alright? So that’s a picture of him exercising? That’s a picture of What is this a picture of? What is this a picture of? Dylan Dylan what? Exercising! This is a picture of Dylan exercising And because he so motivated by music he also gets a surprise of one of the musicians or artists that I know that he likes Can I show everyone? Who is this? Sebastian Bach Very good. Who is this? Mozart. Beethoven. The Three Stooges and One Direction So Dylan today I What exercise did you enjoy today that we did? The dumbbell exercise. Very good Dylan nice workout Nice job buddy! Well coach Ashley and Dylan So this is his journal right? This is his exercise journal so after each class we go through his journal Nice! And he picks what exercise he enjoyed as well as continues to be engaged and motivated by his favorite artists and musicians awesome awesome stuff and we hope that you guys can use some of those strategies and tools and things and Ashley showed you that you can include your students whether they’re three-and-a-half
years old or twenty-years-old in the classroom
very important to keep them engaged. Dylan! Great job today! Thanks for sharing all your stuff and working so hard Alright we will see you next time and
don’t forget if you need if you have questions for us
at the exercise connection or anyone over at NCHPAD we’re here to
help and educate you also don’t forget challenge autism with exercise we’ll see you next time

Joseph Wolf


  1. My brothers and I own several taekwondo schools and recently we have been registering more kids with .advanced autism. This is GREAT!! we keep learning and a lot of our exercises help but this would be great to do at our schools! Would it be ok for is to apply your drills?? Thank you!!

  2. This is great thank you for sharing. I am going to begin working with a 9 year old this later this month and this was exactly what I was looking for. I am a Novice when it comes to children on the spectrum and could use all the help I can get.

  3. As an Autistic, exercise is the best "therapy" for us. Respecting us without trying to "fix" us.

  4. This has increased my stand that "understanding routine using visual cues is imperative in getting corresponding responses from children on ASD". Quite informative.

  5. This is wonderful! If there somewhere you can recommend purchasing some of the visual aids you use? Thank you!

  6. Thank you! I will be using for my daughter. I just subscribed to your channel. Keep up the good work, it’s important to our Autistic persons all over the World.

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