A Sensory-Safe Personal Training Studio For People On The Spectrum Has Opened In Michigan

A woman on the autism spectrum disorder who graduated from Western Michigan University has opened a rather unique training studio. It is for kids, teens, adults, and seniors who also have autism. It offers one-on-one personal training in an environment that is autism-friendly.

The Autism Wellness Center of Southwest Michigan is currently open and is now accepting 20 registrants for the 6-week fall autism wellness clinic. It is referred to as a “sensory-managed
autistic sanctuary.”

The owner of the clinic, who is also the operator, is Erin Beal. She has a degree in rhetoric and writing from WMU and was pursuing a career in communications prior to the time that she was diagnosed with ASD when she was 30. Now she is dedicating her life to helping others who also have ASD.

“Being on the spectrum myself, and having lost 35 pounds, I know what it’s like to deal with sensory difficulties, anxiety, insomnia, and struggling to build healthy habits,” Beal said according to WWMT.

Beal was working as a personal trainer on the wellness staff at the YMCAs of Greater Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. She was also pursuing a Masters degree in Developmental Disabilities at Teachers College, Columbia University at the time.

“First-hand experience, along with my education in autism studies and work in fitness instruction, has given me a unique expert approach that I’m excited and honored to be able to share with the greater Kalamazoo community,” Beal said, reports WWMT. “Clients can come here, have fun, and do whatever they want in an environment that’s sensory managed to make them feel comfortable and secure.”

September 21 was the target date for the clinic. You can support their efforts by purchasing something from their Amazon Wish List.

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