Provider: ACE - American Council On Exercise
Type: Online Course
Online Content
Recorded Video
CEC Credits: ACE 0.1 CECs , ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine 1.0 CECs

Moving Clients with Developmental Delays Forward

People with developmental and/or physical delays are unfortunately an underserved population in the fitness industry—but they deserve the opportunity to be more active and have positive exercise experiences. In fact, according to the University of Hertfordshire, over 80% of adults with intellectual disabilities engage in levels of physical activity below the minimum recommended by the Department of Health (UK), a much lower level of physical activity than the general population (53%-64%).

In this video training led by Anna Woods, an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, owner of SheStrength, author and mother of two children with special needs, you will learn how to lead a client with developmental and/or physical delays through a personal training or small group exercise session. You will discover creative and fun ways to engage and motivate clients in warm-ups, strength training and cardio workouts using various equipment, tools and communication methods.

Learn how to effectively train this clientele and get results—while making a difference in an underserved population.

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Apply program modifications for common movements and workouts to clients with various diagnoses, behaviors and physical limitations
  • Communicate in a way that encourages client compliance and motivation to learn
  • Provide ideas for parents or caretakers to help their child or client be active at home

CEC Credits

Approved by the following organizations for continuing education hours:

ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine
1.0 CECs

ACSM - American College Of Sports Medicine CEC Approval

The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that "American Council on Exercise" meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from (2021 - December 2023). Providership # 687637


I loved this course. My background is working in an Elementary Autism Center so this population is special and they mean a lot to me. Great information and practical tips that will lead to successful outcomes for our special needs clients.

I found that the strategies to help the client stay engaged were well put together and something that I found to be a fun way to help build rapport and trust. Not only are the clients working out, but they are having fun as well.

Great practical information

It was helpful and gave some great ideas.

Very good general information for a 1 hour session. I was hoping for some more examples and specifics, but I understand that time was limited.