Exercise Connection - Challenging Autism with Exercise

Rochester, Minnesota
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
   Region 10 Projects
Exercise Connection - Challenging Autism with Exercise
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM (Central Time)

Kahler Apache
(507) 289-8866
1517 16th St SW
Rochester, Minnesota 55902
United States

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About the Presenter:

David Geslak, or Coach Dave, is the founder of Exercise Connection and ExerciseBuddy, and is widely recognized for the pioneering of visual exercise programs, as well as his insightful and dynamic presentations.  As an author, former para-educator and Fitness Coordinator at a school for children with autism, the autism community has embraced Dave’s message and are especially encouraged by his results.

Coach Dave graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Health Promotion. He is a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. 

He has trained parents and professionals around the world (Egypt, Dubai, Canada, Barbados and Russia), and will teach participants various strategies, exercises and routines that can be incorporated into an individual's daily routine and established in both a classroom and physical education setting.

About the Workshop
During this six-hour workshop, you will be educated on the Five Components of Physical Fitness for Individuals with Autism and how this is used to guide professionals to teach exercise using the Visual Exercise System and ExerciseBuddy, an iPad App. 

Coach Dave and the EC protocols have transformed individuals, organizations, parents, and professionals’ lives. Participants should be ready to move, have fun and leave with the tools, protocols, and confidence to immediately incorporate exercise into lives of the individuals they work with.

Learning Objectives
Following the Workshop Participants will be able to:
  • Define The Five Components of Physical Fitness for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders ©
  • Give examples of visual supports critical to use in an exercise environment.
  • Discuss and critique the research that supports exercise for individuals with autism.
  • Learn the protocol of how to use the Visual Exercise System iPad App in an individual and group session.
  • Integrate exercises, as sensory breaks, into their lesson plan or at home.
  • Understand their role in leading a child with autism to a physically active lifestyle.
Exercise Objectives
Following the Workshop Participants will be able to:
  • Teach two activities (agility ladder & letter jumping) using masking tape that can improve motor coordination, as well as, language development.
  • Set-up a group, 4-station, protocol.
  • Set-up an individual exercise schedule using a white board.
  • Demonstrate and Instruct the EC Ten (10 fundamental exercises to do with your child/student)
  • Lead and Instruct a Group Warm-up for up to 25 participants.
  • Introduce typical peers to assist and teach exercise to their peers with autism.
Workshop Language Objectives:
Following the Workshop Participants will:
  • Learn how to integrate language-based exercises and activities into their lesson plan.
  • Learn how to create activities to help improve expressive language in an exercise group. (Group Warm Up)
  • Use receptive language through multistep direction activities. (Ladder)
  • Learn receptive language activities to help a student understand their body. (Body Part ID)
  • Learn how to facilitate learning of action vocabulary (Roan and Visuals)

Training Agenda

8:30 – 9:00am
– Registration
9:00 – 9:15am – Exercise Connection (EC) Introduction
  • EC History
  • Exercise research, benefits and results
9:15 – 9:30am - Exercise Connection Standards
  • Visuals, Relationship, Structure, Five Components, Cross-Curriculum
9:30 – 9:45am – ExerciseBuddy – an iPad App that Inspires Exercise
9:45 – 10:30am – Building Confidence & Creating Success (Active Participation)
  • Breaking it Down
  • Learn and Perform 4 of the EC 10 (fundamental exercises)
Body Part ID, Hand-Eye Coordination, Superman’s, X-March 
10:30 – 10:45am
10:45 – 11:30am – EC 10 (Active Participation)
  • Learn & Perform remaining 6 of 10 fundamental exercises
  • Body Part ID, Hand-Eye Coordination, Superman’s, X-March, Downward Dog, Log Stretch, SB Hug, Trampoline, Hip Extension, DB Chest Press (Wall Push-Up)
11:30 – 12:15pm – LUNCH (45-minutes)
12:25 – 1:00pm – Yoga Protocols (Active Participation)
  • Learn how to use Yoga as a warm-up, cool-down or primary activity
1:00 – 1:45pm - EC Group/Individual Exercise Procedures (Active Participation)
  • EC Structure and Leadership
  • Single Exercise Stations
  • Multiple Exercise Stations
  • Overweight Children/adults
1:45 – 3:00pm – EC Group Exercise Practicum (Active Participation)
  • Staff will be broken into groups by organization
  • Groups will design Exercise Stations and teach them to their peers
3:00 – 3:30pm – EC Review / Questions


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • COST: $45
    Credit card or Check Payments only

    Please send the check to the following address prior to the event.

    Christian Wernau

    Zumbro Education District

    801 Frontage Rd NW

    Byron MN 55920

    Please make the check out the the Zumbro Education District  

    Please contact Christian Wernau, cwernau@zumbroed.org, should you have any questions.
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