1206 Therapeutic Applications for Autism

Beginner / 3-hour Workshop





With the growing number of individuals being diagnosed with autism, we will explore the increased need for therapeutic modalities that target the sensory, communication, motor planning and overall physical fitness needs these individuals experience across their lifespan. The course will demonstrate the process to determine need for services, sample goals, adaptations, behavior analysis, and a wide variety of activities that can be applied in the aquatic setting.



1)  Identify 5 behavioral supports that can be utilized in the water for individuals with autism.

2)  Outline the importance of physical fitness, increased motor planning abilities, and swimming skills for individuals with autism.

3)  List the benefits of completing therapeutic sessions in the water versus on land for individuals with autism.

4)  Identify activities that target the motor planning, sensory integration, body awareness, gross motor skills, balance, and overall physical fitness needs.

5)  Set goals and plan activities with case studies of individuals with autism.



Jen Knott, CTRS, is founder and owner of Rec2connect, LLC, serving clients in Northeast Ohio since 2009. She specializes in one-on-one in-home Recreation Therapy, Aquatic Therapy, Community Integration, Consultation Services and Recreation Group Therapy for individuals with special needs. She has extensive experience with Applied Behavior Analysis through her experience working at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism and in certifications through Autism Training Solutions. She has worked with individuals with a wide variety of disabilities, in recreation, educational, rehabilitation, aquatic, vocational, community, and home-based programming.