About our Athletes

Why do we refer to our clients as “athletes?”

We aren't training them for competitions like the Special Olympics, but we are using movement and exercise to improve communication between the body and the brain and turning their neurodivergent condition into an asset.

We implement our protocols in a gym, so it just makes sense to call them "athletes."

Small group of Neurodivergent athletes doing dumbbell raises

Strengthening Neurodivergent Functions

When we investigate traditional protocols and treatment methodologies for neurodivergent individuals (whether they are minor children or adults), we see a focus on down-regulating (suppressing) their actions and eliminating the traits or outward evidence of their specific condition. These traditional protocols view neurodivergence only as a disorder, and as such, something to eliminate or modify with the goal of reducing the effects on the individual’s behavior and quality of life. But what if we look at neurodivergence as a condition and its outwardly visible actions, traits, and behaviors as functions that serve a useful purpose to the individual? That makes a significant difference in how we work with neurodivergent individuals and the goals we set to mark their progress. We develop, refine, and implement our treatment protocols based on this view of neurodivergence. Instead of down-regulating, we up-regulate, turning a “disorder” into an asset.

Training Our Athletes

When a new athlete comes to us for the first time, we immediately go to work assessing who they are, what they need, and determining how and why the athlete uses each function or functions. 

Neurodivergent individuals experience somatic errors from a gap between the sensory input from their body and responses and directions from their brain. Because of this gap, their brains do not, or cannot provide them with the appropriate response to environmental events and situations.

So, these individuals develop responses that are different (divergent) from how neurotypical people react. But, just like their neurotypical counterparts, these divergent responses serve a purpose and have a function for the neurodivergent individual; in other words, the responses have intent.

Our coaches work with each athlete to understand the intent of the function and use movement and exercise to improve communication between the body and brain. Intent informs the movements and exercises our coaches use to improve brain/body communication and improve the individual’s quality of life. 

In addition to improving their body/brain communication, our clients are developing stronger muscles, coordination, and balance just as any athlete does with regular exercise.

Individual coaching of Neurodivergent student
Neurodivergent athlete doing kettlebell swings

What Neurodivergent Conditions Do We Address?

Many people see neurodivergence as only autism, cerebral palsy, or down syndrome, when in reality, neurodivergence also includes the following:

  • ADHD
  • Rhett’s Syndrome
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Injuries
  • PDD-NOS
  • Various Genetic Disorders

Most people are surprised by the list. However, we see individuals regularly in each category and use our unique movement and exercise protocols to achieve remarkable improvements in skills, interactions with others, and quality of life.

For example, people suffering from acute anxiety often exhibit divergent responses to their environment and their interactions with others. Research shows these individuals receive a much more significant amount of sensory input than people without anxiety. Fear and anxiety result from considering too many options and predicting too many outcomes based on this mass of data.

Exercise and movement help these individuals focus and learn to manage the effect of the deluge of sensory inputs.

How Can Your Child Become One of Our Athletes?

Our unique protocols have successfully helped thousands of neurodivergent individuals convert their conditions and functions into assets using movement and exercise, becoming one of Our Athletes in the process. 

Fill out our Assessment Form today or call (805) 900-0299 and let’s start the conversation about how we can improve the quality of life for your neurodivergent child and yourself.

Trainer fistbumping a Neurodivergent athlete

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