Educational Technology

December 4, 2017

MUSC program aims to tackle fitness of young people with autism and other disabilities

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By Mary Katherine, Post and Courier

The group ranges in age from 14 to early 20s. They meet once a week for a variety of fitness classes, including swimming, yoga and spin classes. Instructors are trained to adapt the class. Experts help the teens and young adults with nutritional skills, too. Lisa Riddle, a mentor with Charleston’s Family Resource Center for Disabilities and Special Needs, said typical fitness classes might be daunting for people with autism. Uncomfortable bike seats, locker rooms, the smells and loud sounds of the gym — those things can be a sensory overload for people with these kinds of disabilities, experts said. “For a lot of kids on the spectrum, there aren’t as many opportunities to access fitness,” Riddle said.

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