Autism Fall Fitness & Yoga Event: September 12 at 1PM

Autism Fall Fitness & Yoga Fest

Eric Chessen, M.S.
Roxanne Chess, M.S., OTR/L

 Eric & Roxanne
Saturday September 12, 2015

Central Park
The Lawn Outside the Specter Playground

(on the west side of the park, just in from 85th Street)
85th and Central Park West
New York, NY


Autism Fitness again joins up with the NY Metro Chapter of the National Autism Association for Fitness and Active Play Day in Central Park, this time we will be joined by Roxanne Chess, who is the Supervisor of Occupational Therapy at the Atlas Foundation for Autism, who will add yoga to the mix!

Autism Fitness Founder Eric Chessen will lead a series of exercise activities for all age and ability levels. Using cones, fitness ropes, Dynamax medicine balls, and Sandbells, we will have outstanding opportunities to explore movement and play for an afternoon.

The event will feature an active group warm-up with animal-style movements including bear walks, frog hops, and T-rex stomps. From there, we will break into smaller groups to go through the fitness course which will feature stations of medicine ball throws to partners, fitness rope swings, hurdle steps, and Sandbell (weighted) activities. Fitness professionals trained by Eric will be on-site to assist.

Following the fitness routines, Roxanne will lead a basic yoga class for all and there will be a card-book with the poses available to take home!


Eric Chessen, M.S. is the Founder of Autism Fitness. An exercise physiologist with an extensive background in ABA, Eric has been developing and implementing successful fitness programs for individuals and groups over the last decade. In addition to working with his athletes, Eric consults and provides staff development, training, and programming for educational and fitness institutions around the U.S. He is the creator of the PAC Profile method and author of several e-books. His website is and he is on Facebook at

Roxanne Chess, MS, OTR/L is a national board certified and registered occupational therapist (OT) who has been working with people with disabilities, especially Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders, since 2003. In addition to her private practice, Roxanne is the Supervisor of Occupational Therapy at the Atlas Foundation for Autism, and also has a private practice. She is trained in a broad range of therapeutic approaches and is therefore able to pull from a variety of interventions and strategies to tailor each client’s treatment plan. She believes in a strength-based approach and focuses on family-centered goals. Please visit her website for more information.

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