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Functional Training for Autism (FTA) Certification: In-person

Ended Jul 4, 2024

Full course description

About the Course

This certification is founded and supported by the Indiana University Adapted Fitness (IU-AF) lab. THE IU-AF lab conducts research aimed at improving health outcomes for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (e.g., Autism, Down syndrome, Intellectual disability) through high-quality, evidence-based adapted physical activity and fitness programs. The lab partners with coaches, athletes, and non-profit organizations to translate our research to improve the quality and access to health-enhancing physical activity programs across the country.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe characteristics of autistic athletes relevant to communication, physical function, and sensory sensitivities 
  2. Demonstrate appropriate communication and use of behavior supports 
  3. Conduct athlete assessments 
  4. Acclimate new athletes to the gym/class environment 
  5. Develop training structure for athlete success 
  6. Be knowledgeable about tools/strategies to create adaptive programs at their gym 

Meet the Instructors

  • Julien Pineau, Movement Specialist
  • Mike Ramirez, M.S., CF-L2
  • Janette Hynes, M.S., CF-L1, CSCS

How To Enroll in a Course

  • On the IU Expand login portal, click LOGIN (top right corner of the screen).
    • IU Users with an IU username should click the blue LOG-IN button to CAS authenticate with their IU user credentials.
    • Non-IU users need IU Guest accounts to enroll in IU Expand courses. For more information, Create an IU Expand Guest Account.
  • Use the Search course listings for “Functional Training for Autism Certification” and select the course.
  • Click Enroll then Enroll in Course.


Length: 6 modules


Department: School of Public Health-Bloomington


Credit: Certificate


Audience: Health Coaches and Trainers