We see clients of all variety of ages, diagnoses, and physical ability levels. Their programs are individualized and may look different but we always meet them at their level.
Our clients are used to having authoritarian figures in their lives. Parents dictating their schedules, teachers and therapists making them do no preferred tasks, and the list goes on and on.
We take an "alternative" approach. We meet them where they are and allow them to provide input on their workout routine and give them ownership of THEIR program. We strive making their visit with us a preferred activity that they look forward to, not something that they feel like they're being forced to do.
Switching that mindset unlocks their intrinsic motivation, which is the most powerful thing of all!
About the Author
Ryan Lockard, CSCS, CSPS is the head trainer and founder of Specialty Athletic Training. He a member of the Autism Society of Oregon's Board of Directors and is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Special Populations Specialist. Ryan has worked with individuals with special needs since 2007 and has over 10,000 hours of 1:1 instruction working with individuals that have various special needs.