The Special Needs and Autism Fitness Program You’ve Been Searching For
Calling all disability professionals, special needs educators, and parents of children with autism — come get certified in autism fitness! In our program, you’ll learn how to design exercise plans fitted with modified workouts, posit different meal plans for different bodies, and promote motivation while minimizing challenging behaviors in individuals with special needs.
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Autism Fitness Certification Testimonials
Susannah Now Feels Confident Teaching Those with Autism
This is Susannah. Though Susannah received a bachelor’s degree and other fitness certifications, she just didn’t feel confident working with clients with autism. It was our certification program that equipped Susannah to work with individuals with autism and other special needs.
Autism Fitness Therapy Helped Brandon Walk Again
This is Brandon. Not only does he have autism, but also a gene mutation that causes gait issues. After hip surgery in 2010, Brandon’s parents were told he’d never be able to walk again. Watch Brandon’s incredible progress after working with a Special Strong trainer in 2019.
Jennifer Helps her Students Using her New Certification
This is Jennifer. Not only is she a special education teacher, but she’s also a personal trainer. With all that under her belt, she still needed to learn how to help children with autism get (and benefit from) more exercise. See how Jennifer uses her new knowledge from our certification course to help her students.
Autism Fitness & Special Needs Nutrition:
Our Special Strong instructors shave proudly served over 1,000 clients with special needs, ranging from rare 1-in-a-million disease to common conditions like autism.
New Skills for Seasoned Autism Fitness Pros:
While we believe everyone could benefit from the training in our courses, we know we’re biased. However, there are certain groups of people whose lives could be changed for the better if they gained these skills, including parents of children with autism, special education teachers, personal trainers, and more.
The Ultimate Autism Fitness Success Story:
Meet Daniel, the founder and owner of Strong Education and Special Strong. His motivation for starting these programs didn’t just come from a big heart and a deep love of Christ. Daniel can relate to individuals with special needs like autism because he was diagnosed as learning disabled at four years old.
Understandably, school was hard for him. ADD made it difficult for him to focus or retain new information. Some other side effects of his learning disability were anxiety and depression, leaving him feeling hopeless and robbing him of his motivation. He was even fired from the part-time job he had in high school.
Things turned around for Daniel when his parents bought him some workout equipment, hoping to give him an outlet for his emotions. They had no idea what an impact this simple gift would have on his life. After starting a consistent workout regimen, Daniel saw more results than he ever imagined: Not only did he feel stronger and more confident, but the exercises made his big emotions more manageable. He was able to focus, learn, and stay on target.
Daniel became passionate about special needs and autism fitness. Getting healthier and teaching others to be healthier became Daniel’s number one focus in life. He wanted to help people, like his peers in special education classes, achieve the goals he had. In 2011, he became a certified National Federation of Personal Trainers (NFPT) trainer, a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) trainer, and a Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer. In 2016, Daniel and his wife Trinity founded Special Strong, an organization dedicated to making fitness accessible to all.
When Daniel tried to become Autism Fitness certified, there weren’t many resources he could turn to. He learned from experience, then he compiled his knowledge into the four autism fitness certification courses we have available. The Special Strong certification by Strong Education is what he could have used when he first started on his journey, and now people who could use these skills can benefit from the program.
About the Autism Fitness Certification:
When you sign up for our certification program, you’ll be able to help individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), and a number of other special needs.
To help you become a Special Needs and Autism Fitness Specialist, we employ the CBSE Training Model, the result of 75+ years of combined experience in the special needs community. With this training, professionals have been able to serve over 1,000 special needs clients without any injuries ensuing.
You don’t need personal training experience to take these courses. They’re easy to move through, and we give you all the materials you’ll need to learn what’s important.
About the Nutrition Certification:
Our nutrition course teaches you how to increase the nutritional intake for individuals with special needs, who have different dietary requirements and behavioral challenges. The course material includes cognitive behavior therapy techniques so that you can help people of all ages and all disabilities, including autism, get the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals they need to thrive.
Here’s what you’ll learn:
● Effective methods for introducing new foods
● How to establish mealtime routines
● How to manage multiple dietary requirements within a group
● Techniques to build confidence and independence
Just as our Autism Fitness course is built upon nearly a century of special needs knowledge, our nutrition course is based on proven tactics from The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and The American Academy of Pediatrics. All the information was put together, in a way that could easily be understood, by a Registered Dietician.
Our Autism Fitness Therapy Courses:
Our courses can empower to become personal trainers, group fitness instructors, and nutrition coaches — if you choose to stay in the fitness industry. However, the course material is also helpful to special education teachers, parents, behavioral analysts, and more. Because the lessons in these courses are paramount to correcting self-destructive behaviors and soothing all-consuming emotions, these courses can also make you more valuable to your employer and your students, clients, or children.
Level 1 Trainer — Get a downloadable training manual and gain access to innumerable training videos. Learn to work with disabled individuals on a one-on-one basis. We make getting recognized for your new certification easy, as parents and prospective clients will be able to find you in our online database after completing the course.
Level 2 Trainer — All the perks of Level 1 training and more! In this course, you’ll learn more about how exercise impacts the brain and specifically about neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to shift and change. This knowledge will make you more adept at designing workout plans that can improve your clients’, students’, or childrens’ ability to retain information, learn, and grow.
Group Fitness — Working one-on-one with disabled individuals is extremely effective, but if you’re working with a large group, then it’s just not possible to give each student or client that kind of attention. Taking the best parts of our Level 1 and 2 courses and changing the application of instruction, you’ll learn to help children, adolescents, and adults with special needs achieve their fitness goals.
Nutrition Coach — Having special needs comes with a whole host of eating issues, including sensory sensitivity, dysphagia, enteral nutrition, and more. This course teaches you to better understand those ailments so that you can select the right foods for your clients, students, or children.
Need CEUs to Renew a Different Certification?
After taking our Autism Fitness and Nutrition courses, you can earn credits and apply them toward renewing a certification you already have. We’re approved to do this because we’re affiliated with big fitness certification brands like NASM, ACE, ISSA, and more. See how many credits you could earn for your current certification below.
● The American Council on Exercise (ACE) for up to 2.0 CEUs
● Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) for up to 42 CEUs
● International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) Provider for up to 42 CEUs
● National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) for up to 4.2 NASM CEUs
● National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF) for up to 21 CEUs
● The National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) for up to 24 hours
● National Federation of Personal Trainers (NFPT) for up to 11.2 CEUs