Adaptive Fitness + Enrichment

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Adaptive Fitness + Enrichment

Group fitness, enrichment, and functional skills for adults with autism

Through a weekly schedule consisting of group exercise, artistic expression, and functional living, individuals can participate in classes designed to help improve physical health and motor skills, develop communication, and provide essential life skills to become more independent.

Small class sizes and inviting rooms create an environment that feels safe and welcoming and limits unwanted stimuli. Certified and adaptive-experienced instructors learn about each participant and help to adapt the activities to suit their specific needs.

Aides are welcome to attend group classes free of charge and may either actively or passively participate.

Classes are booked in monthly blocks and spots can be reserved consecutively once the new session opens for enrollment. Outside the Box Living programs run for one month per quarter. 

To register for classes please contact Lorna Deveaux [email protected]

To find out more about other adaptive programming offered by the Ridgewood Y, please click on a link below:

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Adaptive Group Fitness

BEGINS MAY 9

MARCIE'S MOVEMENT: CARDIO + STRENGTH

Thursdays | 12:00-1:00PM
$260 Members | $260 Non-members

Taught in a sensory-appropriate, encouraging setting, this class features a full range of muscular and cardiovascular exercises and addresses the importance of exercise and purposeful movement for the mind and body.

BEGINS MAY 11

MARTIAL ARTS

Saturdays | 11:00AM-12:00PM
$260 Members | $260 Non-members

With a focus on communication, mind-body connection, and movement, this martial arts class helps develop physical skills like balance, strength, and coordination while also emphasizing social aspects such as adaptability, taking turns, and increasing frustration tolerance.

BEGINS MAY 12

BASKETBALL

Sundays | 11:00AM-12:30PM
$260 Members | $260 Non-members

Weekly basketball sessions focus on building confidence, social skills, and teamwork through the joy of the game. Through patience, understanding, and adapted techniques, we aim to empower each participant to enjoy basketball and develop their skills at their own pace.

BEGINS JUNE 3

FUNCTIONAL FITNESS

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays | 12:00-1:00PM
$260 Members | $260 Non-members

This group class uses a circuit-style workout consisting of strength, cardio, and muscle endurance exercises to achieve a full-body workout. Taught by an adaptive-certified instructor, exercises can be scaled and modified to fit all participating individuals.

BEGINS JUNE 4

OUTSIDE THE BOX LIVING: FUNCTIONAL FITNESS + WELLNESS

Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18 | 1:00-2:00PM
$200 Members | $200 Non-members

Functional Fitness + Wellness offers a holistic approach to physical and mental well-being, combining sensory-friendly activities, strength training and conditioning, social skills games, music, and movement in a small group setting.

Each week, participants will engage in independent and group activities suited to their needs. Members will also have designated one-on-one time with the instructor to focus on personal goals and prioritize self-regulation skills.

OTB Living: Functional Fitness + Wellness values skill building, team bonding, and helping individuals achieve their personal best.

Enrichment

BEGINS JUNE 4

OUTSIDE THE BOX LIVING: ARTISTIC EXPRESSION + WELLNESS

Tuesdays , June 4, 11, 18| 2:00-3:00PM
$200 Members | $200 Non-members

Artistic Expressions + Wellness offers a social group setting filled with sensory-friendly arts and crafts. Participants can expect a fully facilitated class using therapeutic art techniques while exploring various projects, mediums, textures, and tools through different weekly themes. 

OTB Living: Artistic Expressions + Wellness emphasizes emotional expression through creativity and strengthens social skills through peer-to-peer interaction.

Life Skills

BEGINS MAY 9

MARCIE'S MOVEMENT: FUNCTIONAL LIVING COMMUNITY PROGRAM

Thursdays | 1:00-2:00PM
$260 Members | $260 Non-members

A functional living program for all ages and abilities, including those with special needs. This program helps participants learn skills to live more independently and become part of their community.

Financial Aid

We believe the opportunity to gain personal growth from our programming should be accessible to everyone regardless of financial situation or socioeconomic status. Our Financial Aid for All program assures that nobody is turned away because of inability to pay.

Download our application here.