ExerciseBuddy solves the difficult problem of introducing exercise to individuals with autism. Using best practice autism strategies, ExerciseBuddy inspires children and adults with autism to exercise without challenging parents, professionals, educators or caretakers.
ExerciseBuddy was built by a team comprised of an Autism Fitness Specialist (Coach Dave), Special Education Teacher, Speech Language Pathologist and Technology Specialist.
ExerciseBuddy is easy-to-use and equipped with over 125 exercises and matching peer-led videos to help individuals achieve success. It can help you to interactively teach the systems of the human body and has a Teaching Tools section which can help parents give their child activities to do at home and give teachers the ability to teach exercise across the curriculum.
o Teaching Structures – First-Then and Start-Finish Board
o Exercise Library - Over 125 exercise visuals with matching Video-Model
o Verbal Praise ( after exercises and workouts are completed )
o Teaching Tools - Print over 50 classroom and at home worksheets
o Create 2 user profiles to manage multiple users
o Save unlimited amount of workouts
o Save and monitor Health History (Height, Weight, BMI, Waist/Hip Ratio)
o Turn on/off audio feedback
Visual Exercise Categories:
o Yoga, Sport Skills, Dynamic Flexibility
o Fitness Room
o Muscular Fitness, Cardiovascular Fitness
o Posture, Abdominal Strength
o Motor Coordination, Body Image
Teaching Tools Worksheet Types:
o Exercise Stories
o Coloring Activities
o Fill-in-the-Blank Activities
o Nutrition Activities
o Labeling Activities
o Matching Worksheets
o Word Search Puzzles
o Flash Cards
o Lesson Plans
o More body parts images added to Body System Tools
Ratings and Reviews
Adapted PE Teacher
This app is exactly what I have been looking for! As an adapted PE teacher I have been creating visual cards of exercises, taking my own pictures or trying to create something and nothing seems to call come together but this app does it! It puts videos, with exercise cards andthe right visual schedule all together. The students are engaged by the videos and counting their reps. Its nice to be able to create workouts ahead of time or use the ones that are already setup. This is a simple way for parents and teachers to get the kids moving without them even realize how hard they are working! Thanks for the great app!
Update for iPad Pro
Hi. I have the new iPad Pro and this app is not working properly. Coach Dave workouts and all exercise cards do not appear. Only aquatics exercises are available. Help
Wow! ExerciseBuddy is a Recreation Therapist's Dream! :)
I am a Recreation Therapist, CTRS, working primarily with clients on the Autism Spectrum and have just begun using the ExerciseBuddy app in both 1:1 and group settings. It is AMAZING!!! For my clients who often struggle with motor planning and proprioception, I was taken aback when they immediately began imitating the exercise movements as they watched the demonstration videos, without any prompting from me at all! I also love the personalization piece and ability to create customized workouts in either the "First/Then" or "Start/Finish" formats. This app is also enriched with numerous teaching tools to facilitate learning in a fun and easy way. Not only do I love it for myself as a Rec Therapist, but also for my clients' families and caregivers, as I know it will be a wonderful tool to easily transition fitness into their family fun! Further, I would like to add that the staff working on the app's development have been incredibly supportive, promptly answering any questions as I've had as I'm just getting started with it. Several of my clients will be adding the app to their iPads and the families are thrilled! ExerciseBuddy is well worth the purchase!! :)
Sarah Norris, M.S., CTRS
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.