Special Needs Fitness & Nutrition Certification

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

  • 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
  • Learn the basics of nutrition throughout the lifestyle and how needs may differ in the special needs individuals.
  • Therapy techniques for weight management, sensory based feeding difficulties, picky eating, dysphagia, and enteral nutrition
  • Step-by-step instructions & effective techniques
  • Online classes with over 12 hours of content

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Watch Susannah Train Clients After Getting Certified

Even with a bachelor’s degree and several personal training certifications, Susannah didn’t feel knowledgeable or confident when it came to working with the special needs population.  Watch as Susannah applies what she learns with her special needs clients. 

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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.  In 2019, Brandon started training with a certified Special Strong trainer and defied all odds!

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Watch How Jennifer Combined Her Passions

Jennifer is a passionate personal trainer and special education teacher.  By taking our course, Jennifer was able to combine her passions and help more special needs students in the classroom live a more independent and abundant life.

Special Needs Individuals We Serve:

Our Special Strong instructors shave 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
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Behavior Therapists
  • Nutritionists

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 Fitness Certification:

In our fitness 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.

About the Nutrition Certification:

In our nutrition course, you will learn how to use motivational interviewing and cognitive behavior therapy techniques to adapt to a variety of disabilities and promote behavior changes that improve nutritional status and overall health. You’ll learn effective methods for introducing new foods, establishing meal time routines, managing multiple dietary needs within the family, and establishing confidence to make healthy choices.

This nutrition course was created by a Registered Dietitian using evidenced based practice content from The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and The American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Approved and Accredited Provider:

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 following organizations:

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) for up to 4.2 NASM CEUs 
  • Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) for up to 42 CEUs
  • The American Council on Exercise (ACE) for up to 2.0 CEUs
  • International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) Provider for up to 42 CEUs
  • National Federation of Personal Trainers (NFPT) for up to 11.2 CEUs
  • National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF) for up to 21 CEUs
  • The National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) for up to 24 hours
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Yes. Since the personal training industry is not governed by a state board, there are no no specific requirements to practice. We do recommend that you consider a nationally accredited training program to supplement your Special Strong certification, but this is not a requirement to train clients.

Of course! Many employers have continuing education slated into their budget.   For this reason, we’ve created a helpful template that you can customize and email to your employer.  You can download the word dcoument here

As a part of what is included in purchasing a course, you’ll be given the option to opt-in or out of our online directory.  If you decide to opt-in, we will include your photo and a bio with a unique URL.  Once listed, you can be found by someone searching for the closest trainer in their zip code.

It really depends on your goals. At a minimum, you’ll have the knowledge you need to implement a fitness program for special needs.  You can be found on our online database (if you opt-in to be listed).  Additionally, many certified Special Strong trainers implement our program into their current practice with their current clients by offering fitness training as an additional service offering. You can also use our certification in home or at select facilities that approve our specialty certification. Since we are nationally accredited through several organizations, many independently owned facilities accept our certification.

You can call yourself a Special Strong trainer. You may list your Special Strong qualifications on a business card, resume, or website About/Qualifications page. Nothing more.

You cannot use the Special Strong name in any other business or promotional way unless you franchise with us. If you violate this, it is considered intellectual property theft and you are subject to fines and legal fees. Only franchising gives you the legal right to use the Special Strong name for business and/or promotional purposes. You can learn more about franchising here

Yes! Our certifications are recognized by NASM, AFAA, ACE, and NCTRC. Check out our approved providers page for more information.  Additionally, other agencies may allow you to submit the course as a continuing education credit.  Please contact your governing agency for more information.

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.

We have a 95% pass rate on all of our course tests.  The test is open book and you get three attempts.  We also offer email or phone support if need additional help to ensure that you pass the test and understand the material.

We’ve tested our program with over 1,000 special needs individuals with a very high success rate. We’ve also certified hundreds of professionals around the world that use our program with the special needs population. Check our testimonies page for more information.

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

You have one year from the purchase date to access the online course and take the test. Once you take the course and pass the test, you are certified for life!

Yes.  Please email [email protected] for more information

It’s very common for companies to order courses for staff members, or an individual order courses as a gift for someone else. To accomplish this, simply place an order for the desired courses using your personal information. In the notes section of the order, indicate the names of the individuals you are purchasing the course for. Once your order is placed, you’ll receive an email that you can forward to the recipients that you bought the course for, allowing them to enroll in the online courses.

Once you add a course to your cart and checkout, you can select a recurring payment plan. A recurring payment is linked to your Paypal, debit or credit card.

Refunds aren’t offered at this time.

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