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Special Needs Certification

Hello! I work with individuals that have developmental disabilities such as Down's Syndrome and Mental Retardation. Many of my participants are overweight and parents are looking for a way for them to work on their weight. I would love to get certified in order to help them. What certifications cover these types of disabilities?

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Special needs
by: Steve Denby

Please be carefull whilst working with disabilities especially Down Syndrome where weight gain is part of the disease they are pre disposed to gaining weight, its best to focus on mobility and core conditioning and general activity to promote well being its important to make sure that they are receiving a well balanced diet according to their metabolic type as long as they are halthy and happy ther is no need to worry about weight loss

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ACSM Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer
by: Laura

I think the ACSM Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer might be the best fit; you can read more about it at www.acsm.org, but here are the basics.

The ACSM/NCPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer is a fitness professional involved in developing and implementing an individualized exercise program for a person who may have a physical, sensory or cognitive disability, and who is healthy or has medical clearance to perform independent physical activity. CIFT certified professionals hold a current NCCA-accredited health/fitness certification and CPR and AED certifications. In addition to knowledge of exercise physiology, exercise testing and programming, a CIFT has knowledge in inclusive facility design, awareness of social inclusion for people with disabilities and the American Disability (ADA).

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Mentally Challenged
by: Kelly McCurry

This is an entry level Personal Training add. 1st "NO ONE" not trained or have dealt with special needs people should try to train them.

Two, the fact this site in 2014 still uses an extremely offensive term "Mental Retardation" (which is only used as slang in day to day conversation which as a derogatory adverb). You do not indicate your a medical doctor, nor is this a medical journal, so drop offensive term.

Families like mine do not need amateurs, you wouldn't take your kid to a high school senior who took biology for cancer treatment! Get a clue, making money is fine, making is off a "mentally challenge" is disgusting.

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