By: Lu Parker
Published : April 8, 2016
Autism Fitness Therapy: Health Smart
A recent study by the CDC suggests that 1 in 45 children in the United States fall somewhere on the autism spectrum. April is National Autism Awareness Month and our Lu Parker is checking out a BB360 class helping kids with special needs to succeed.
Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on April 8, 2016.
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Fox 11 Good Day LA
By: Steve Edwards, Araksya Karapetyan, Maria Sansone, and Sandra Endo
Published : May 30, 2016
From STAFF REPORTS
Published : Friday, March 25, 2016 | 11:42 AM
Renowned Local Fitness Trainer, Clinical Psychologist Team Up to Help Special Needs Athletes
The founders of Pasadena’s Brain Body 360 (BB360), a comprehensive fitness program designed to improve the physical skills of individuals with special needs, are launching the BB360 Ball Skills Bag on April 1, 2016, at the start of National Autism Month.
Created by award-winning strength and fitness trainer David Liston and clinical psychologist Dr. Gwennyth Palafox, the Ball Skills Bag will be the centerpiece of a convenient, affordable, and easy-to-use at home program for special needs athletes.
Liston and Palafox came up with the idea of the Ball Skills Bag because, they said, of an overwhelmingly positive response to their Ball Skills classes.
Built upon a foundation of behavioral and developmental science, BB360 provides specialty exercise classes that cross-train the brain and the body to improve functioning and independence across the home, school, and community environments. Click here for full article!
Los Angeles Times
Exercise classes for kids in the Los Angeles area
Yoga for young people? Fitness classes for special-needs youth? These programs get children moving, and more.
This Pasadena-based group fitness program devoted to kids with special needs or on the autism spectrum is the brainchild of professional trainers David Liston, his wife, Jodie Liston; and clinical psychologist Gwennyth Palafox.
The program serves about 25 youths ages 5 to 20. David Liston says that, even though society has good intentions to include them, most of the kids can’t go to regular exercise classes or be in situations with children who don’t have special needs.
“What has really blown me away is that when these kids get the opportunity to exercise, so many of them are very, very athletic. They have the balance, strength, the stability,” Liston says.
The kids thrive on the consistency of the training and the coaches and lots of postive talk and high-fives that they all get points for. Though they think they’re coming in just to exercise, he says, they’re working on self-esteem, social skills and even leadership – as most of them can lead a set in class themselves after repeated visits.
“They don’t get this anywhere else in their life. Nowhere else is anyone letting a child with Down syndrome or a kid on the spectrum lead anything, and that’s where the power comes in,” Liston says.
Brain-Body 360: (626) 799-5800, bb360training.com
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A Visit from
ABC Channel 7
By Denise Dador
Published : April 18, 2013
AUSTIM PROGRAM EXERCISES ‘FROM THE BRAIN OUT’
Dr. Palafox and personal trainer David Liston partnered up to create Brain Body 360 in Pasadena. It’s not just a compassionate place for kids to exercise, but a brain-training program that offers more.
“Working executive function, crossing midline, doing exercises that really help these kids,” said Liston.
The instruction kids get really challenges their thinking and coordination. People at Brain-Body 360 say they exercise “from the brain out.” They give new meaning to the term “cross-training.”
“We are creating teachable moments and we’re using exercise to prepare the brain to bud as many neurons as possible,” said Palafox.
The Brain-Body 360 program started a year and half ago, but some students love it so much they’re learning to become coaches themselves.
“And that is where the power of this comes in,” said Liston. “The leadership that we are trying to create and what we found is that they’re not given this chance anywhere else in life to be leaders.”
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