Special Needs Fitness Training Certification

Professionals, Educators, and Parents: Learn to Properly Train Special Needs Individuals

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  • Learn techniques we've used to train over 1,000 special needs individuals
  • Training that covers common conditions like autism to 1 in a million diseases
  • Step-by-step instructions & effective techniques
  • Online classes with over 12 hours of content
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Special Needs Individuals We Train:

Our Special Strong personal trainers have proudly served over 1,000 clients with special needs, ranging from rare 1-in-a-million disease to common conditions like autism.

  • Attention-deficit disorder (ADD)
  • Aspergers
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Learning Disabilities (LD)
  • Spina Bifida
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Amputees
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Paraplegia
  • Stroke Victims

Who We Educate:

Learn how to design workout programs and get easy step-by-step tactics for motivation and challenge behaviors through our online special needs certification course for personal trainers and service providers.

  • Personal Trainers
  • Passionate Parents
  • Special Educators
  • Physical Education Teachers
  • Speech Pathologists
  • Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Behavior Therapists

Meet Your Instructor:

At four, Daniel was diagnosed learning disabled. In school, he battled depression, anxiety and hopelessness. At 15, he was fired from his first job for lack of motivation.  In an attempt to help him, his parents bought him his own exercise equipment to give him an outlet. Daniel quickly fell in love with fitness and knew he wanted to pursue it as a career. 

In 2011, Daniel Stein felt called to train children, adolescents, and adults with special needs. With certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the National Federation of Personal Trainers (NFPT) and becoming a Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer, Daniel specializes in health and fitness for the special needs population. 

In 2016, Daniel and his wife, Trinity, started Special Strong. The Special Strong Certification helps service providers and others learn effective techniques for meltdown management, motivation, challenge behaviors and more.

About the Certification:

In all of our courses, you will learn how to use our CBSE training model to help you design adapted in-home or gym workout programs for any disability. You’ll also learn proven and effective methods for meltdown management, motivation and challenge behaviors. 

The CBSE Training Model is the proud result of 75+ years of combined experience in the special needs industry with service provided to over 1,000 special needs clients with zero injuries.  No fitness experience is required and course-takers learn simple, yet effective tools that they can start using right away.

Accredited by ACE & NASM

We believe getting the CEUs you need can be an enjoyable experience. It’s why we filled the certification course with useful lessons and exciting videos. And it’s why we provide dedicated support to make it easy to earn the CEUs your workplace requires. We are recognized by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, which means you can earn up to 2.4 NASM CEUs by studying with us.  We are also recognized by the The American Council on Exercise (ACE) for up to 0.5 CEUs.


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Watch Brandon Walk After 8 Years of Disability

Brandon was diagnosed with autism and a rare genetic gene mutation that was causing many problems, including his abnormal gait.  In 2010, Brandon had hip surgery and was never able to walk again. After being wheelchair bound for nine years, Brandon defied all odds and worked with our system to achieve amazing results!

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Watch the video to hear Josh’s mother tell his story.

With the aid of these techniques, Josh triumphed over his meltdowns. Our course helps service providers create their own success stories with guidance for meltdown management, motivation, and challenge behaviors.


Our course is an educational certification, so anyone can take the course and there are no prerequisites for enrollment.   If at any point you plan to use our certification to work with others, you must have a valid CPR/AED certification and any other credentials required by your governing service provider agency.

Absolutely. We designed this certification to help anyone with a passion for the special needs population.

Yes.  Additionally, you could have the ability to implement certain components of our certification into your current profession. Please check the requirements of your governing service provider agency.

You have one year from the purchase date to access the online course and take the test.

It depends. To do any type of personal training, you must first be an accredited certified personal trainer. Our certification is an educational certification that can be combined with personal trainers and other types of service providers.

Yes! Our certifications are recognized by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. Get up to 1.0 NASM CEUs!

Once you pass, you are certified for life!

In addition to NASM, other agencies may allow you to submit the course as a continuing education credit.  Please contact your governing agency for more information.

No, you’ll never pay a fee to stay listed on our website database.

Of course! Many employers have continuing education slated into their budget. Click here to send a pre-written email to your employer (you’ll be able to preview before sending).

Yes, we encourage you to refer to the content while taking the test.

You can take the test up to three times.  We require a score of 90% to pass. After 3 failed attempts, it costs $99 to retest.

We’ve tested our program with many different service providers and clients with a 100% success rate!

We offer three-month recurring payment plans. A recurring payment is linked to your Paypal, debit or credit card.

Refunds aren’t offered at this time.

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