Whether you work with autistic people as a service provider, an employer, or a parent, Special Strong can help. We help you learn how best to cope with issues such as meltdowns, disruptions, inactivity, and challenging behaviors while becoming Certified Strong. Today we look at Autism Fitness, another autism certification for special needs people program.
We are looking at what each course has to offer and what you can expect once you have enrolled. At the same time, we take a close look at the various services and training options available. Finally, we look at the different types of certification offered.
Course Overview of Autism Certification for Special Needs
One major difference between the Special Strong course for autism certification for special needs and the one offered by Autism Fitness lies in what we offer at the most basic level. The course offered by Autism Fitness covers just those with autism. The Special Strong certification course is also targeted towards those with autism. But it also includes training that covers a broad spectrum of conditions. These range from the more common to some of the rarest conditions.
Autism Fitness offers a single autism certification course, for special needs that is more of a “one size fits all” approach. This assumes that parents, fitness professionals, therapists, educators, and caregivers are the only ones who work with those living with autism. The Autism Fitness approach leaves out training for group facilitators and business owners. These groups represent a large percentage of those working with those living with autism.
The autism certification for special needs course offered by Special Strong is available in three different configurations. Each configuration is there to ensure the training received matches the specific needs of the different groups. Also, worth noting, the course offered by Special Strong is accredited NASM and ACE accredited.
The autism fitness course offered by Special Strong for trainers, service providers, and corporations is one you can do in the comfort of your home or office. However, all Autism Fitness Level 1 Certification programs require you to attend a two-day course in person. These training events are not only costly but require you to be away from your home or business for 48 hours. You may also find that by attending the Autism Fitness courses, you must pay for hotel rooms and meals. This is an added expense many cannot afford.
For those who opt for corporate training, your course includes three hours of live training by Daniel Stein the founder of Special Strong. This training will be at your corporate location and also includes a 45-minute group class. This class is perfect for your special needs clients. With the Autism Fitness course, a representative of your company must attend a live training session offered at various times in certain cities.
Special Strong brings the entire autism certification for special needs course to your office in person and online. Our course is one hundred percent virtual and includes ten hours of online education. It also includes training videos that make you feel as though you are in the same room as the instructor. They include explanations, demonstrations, and even the occasional blooper just for fun.
At Autism Fitness, you have two days of live training in which you must learn and master all their course covers. This is a lot of information for you to try and take in over such a short period of time. They do offer online support and training you will have access to once you have completed the live training.
Course Content for
Autism Certification for Special Needs
Each of these autism certifications for special needs programs covers a wide range of fitness strategies. However, only the Special Strong course provides a deeper understanding and training.
The course offered by Autism Fitness covers fitness programs for those with autism. It does include some education covering this condition, why fitness is important for the ASD population. The program covers understanding issues such as common physical and motor deficits, physical, adaptive, and cognitive abilities
There is certainly nothing wrong with focusing on physical fitness. At Special Strong, we believe this is only one part of working to help the ASD community to achieve success. Included in our course we show you how to handle common issues such as meltdowns, disruptions, inactivity, and challenge behaviors.
Our goal is to help those with autism achieve physical health. At the same time, we want to help those taking our course to better understand those living with autism. In doing so, they learn what they can do to enrich the lives of those living with autism.
Our CBSE Training Model
The Special Strong CBSE training model is a creation of Daniel Stein the founder of Special Strong working together with a brain integration specialist. This program can help your family member, client, or employees to become “Special Strong” in mind, body, and spirit. The goal is to make it possible for those with special needs to become capable of living a more independent and richer life.
The CBSE training model contains four target areas. These are:
1. Core, Balance, and Flexibility
2. Brain and Sensory System
3. Strength and Muscle Development
4. Endurance and Stamina Adaptation
The Autism Fitness Training Model
The Autism Fitness training model of their autism certification for special needs does not appear on their website. The live training part of the course focuses more on learning about autism and how to work with clients rather than exercise programs. However, the course does include the Autism Fitness Toolbox. This is a series of videos and informational articles that include autism fitness concepts and methods. The downfall of the Toolbox is that in order to access it, you must pay a monthly fee.
Highly Adaptable Courses for Autism Certification for Special Needs
Our courses are highly adaptable and are perfect for those with autism, Down’s syndrome, or a rare 1-in-a-million condition. We use evidence-based studies to design our Special Strong autism certification for special needs programs. Our programs have been tested and found effective on over 1,000 clients covering a range of special needs populations.
Both autism certification for special needs courses covers the medical history of this condition. They also cover its symptoms and provide strategies you can use to help those with autism overcome many of the developmental deficits related to this condition. Eric Chessen’s course is the result of one decade of experience. The training and certification program offered by Special Strong is the result of over 75 years of combined experience.
Working 1-on-1 and with Groups
The Special Strong Trainer Certification programs will teach you how to work 1-on-1 with those who have special needs. Along with how to work with groups of up to 30 special needs individuals. Our course also offers corporate training for companies who are interested in adding a fitness program for their employees. Once the class is complete, those in attendance during the corporate program for autism certification for special needs will be Special Strong, ACE, and NASM certified.
In order to enroll in this course, you must be CPR and AED certified. Which when combined with being Special Strong certified makes you a valuable employee capable of helping those with special needs and the rest of your employees.
Accreditation for Programs CoveringAutism Certification for Special Needs
When working in the physical or mental health industries, continuing education units are needed to maintain licensure. There are many ways to accomplish this. One of which is to take the Special Strong course for autism certification for special needs people. Our course is recognized by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and you can earn up to 2.4 CEUs. The American Council on Exercise (ACE) also recognizes our courses allowing you to earn up to 0.5 CEUs.
The NASM, ACE, NCTRC (National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification), and the AFAA (Athletic and Fitness Association of America) all recognize the Autism Fitness program. However, the maximum number of CEUs you can earn with this program is only 1.4 units.
Cost of the Programs
Cost is generally not the best way to search for and compare different programs of autism certification for special needs people. However, it is a factor that needs you must consider.
The Special Strong course is available in three different levels, individual, group, and corporate. The cost of these programs is $249 for the individual and group certifications and $1,497 for the corporate package. The corporate package includes up to 4 hours of live training in situ by founder Daniel Stein. You will have access to the complete online training course along with all updates.
The Autism Fitness® autism certification for special needs course costs $549. It also requires you to attend a training session in person. Plus, if you want access to the fitness training videos and training information, the cost is an additional $12.99 per month.
The Bottom Line Regarding Autism Certification for Special Needs
Both Special Strong and Autism Fitness® offer education about autism The courses also include physical fitness training that can be used to help those with autism succeed. Most importantly both courses offer autism certification for special needs. However, the program offered by Special Strong not only covers working with those who have autism, but it also covers working with those who have different common and extremely rare conditions.
Special Strong provides fitness and nutrition for special needs children, adolescents, and adults with autism and other disabilities. Through our online training platform, we also provide special needs fitness certification courses for personal trainers and service providers who want to work autism and other disabilities.