Encouraging Exercise

For some children with autism, physical activity, or “exercise” can be limited for a number of reasons. Increasing physical activity for ALL children is critical for improving and sustaining health. Watch Tom and Aldo, who up until this point, engaged in very little physical activity. Tom changes that with the use of Aldo’s strongest reinforcer: SOCIAL PRAISE! You will see Aldo engaged in a variety of physical activities including stretching, running, and dancing. He is also getting plenty of opportunities to practice other important skills such as social skills, following directions, and imitating others. Aldo is enjoying himself so much that he asks, “What’s next?” Tell us some ways that you encourage exercise.