One on One training consists of the member working with their personal trainer for either a 30 minute or 60 minute appointment time depending on the program they choose. The personal trainer utilizes the Individual Fitness Program (IFP) that was designed specifically for the member based on their assessment, and other input from a variety of sources. The trainer is an integral part of the members program, they become mentors and are the motivation at times to continue through the session. Our IFP is made up of key areas, core, upper body, lower body, agility, and cardio with sports skills also mixed in if warranted. We also work on coordination, balancing, eye hand coordination and gross motor skills. We work with a variety of fitness equipment and we integrate fun in their program to keep them motivated. We track their progress every time they come and are always working towards the members goals. This is a structured program with the end goal of improving their overall health as well as lowering their anxiety and improving confidence.
If you are interested in one-on-one personal training, please click here to fill out an intake form.
Meet Our Team!
Karen L. – Director
Karen graduated with a BA/Special Education Teaching Certificate in New Jersey, specializing in the education of pre-school and elementary school aged children with Cerebral Palsy. During this time, she became interested in child development, behavioral techniques, PT/OT, and the burgeoning field of proprioception. While raising her children and being involved with their schools, she began to work with adults with special needs in residential settings. Working to encourage and improve ADL skills such as cooking, home maintenance, and budgeting, she also saw how important therapeutic recreation was and how it prolongs health and wellbeing. For the past 21 years, she has worked at The Kennedy Center, Inc. based in Trumbull, CT. She has also worked as a personal money manager, an assistant group home manager, and a school to work transition specialist, helping high school students train for and obtain jobs, practice ADLs, and fostering community inclusion. For the past nine years, before joining the staff at ASD Fitness Center, she worked in the Therapeutic Recreation department at KC. One of the focuses there was improving quality of life through diverse types of exercise. Additional trainings include: CPR/First Aid, Crisis Prevention Instruction 1 & 2, DDS Autism Training 1 & 2, DDS Medication Admin.
Christina K. – Executive Director
After attending Bay Path College, Christina went on to pursue a career in business management. She brings more than 25 years of significant leadership experience at multi-million dollar businesses. Christina has been recognized on numerous occasions for her ability to motivate her team and her understanding of the value of nurturing close client relations. Her achievements gained her roles on multiple executive boards charged with improving business service and results. Christina’s dedication extends beyond her workplace, as she was chosen in 2006 to be a member of the Family / Faculty Board at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital (YNHCH) which was responsible for driving and implementing positive changes at YNHCH. In this role, Christina also participated in delivering hospital wide training for all staff, leading to improvements in the overall family and faculty communication at YNHCH. Her own personal experience contributed to her passion to give back to terminally ill children and their families. Through Christina’s fundraising efforts she was successful in opening “The Family Resource Center”,@ YNHCH which provides services and resources to families with sick children. Christina is married and has four daughters ranging in age from thirteen to seventeen. Her love for her family inspires her commitment to positively impact the lives of families in need.
Michael C. – Director of Adaptive Physical Education
SCSU class of 2014 BS Physical Education
SCSU founding member of Phi Epsilon Kappa
Physical education honor society
Member of Beta Mu Sigma Fraternity – put on the first annual Special Olympics formal dance for athletes and puts on jail and bail yearly.
Raised over $100,000 for SOCT since the program started
Worked with Special Olympics since 2007 including coaching unified sports teams.
Physical education teacher at The Glenholme School in Washington, CT
Christine C. – Front Desk
Christine, is a graduate student in the Recreational Therapy program at Southern Connecticut State University with an expected graduation date of May 2018. She holds an undergraduate degree in business management and has extensive experience in medical management as well as clinical healthcare. She is adult and adolescent brain health first aid certified. A former Air Force Veteran and EMT, Christine has a special interest in fitness, volunteering, community outreach, nature and creative pursuits.
Miriam M. – Front Desk
Miriam has an Associate’s degree in Administration and is our part-time front desk staff and class instructor. She has been a part of the ASD Fitness Center team for over a year. Her past experiences include admirative assistant in medical, engineering, and law firm settings. She is also trained in CPR-AED, First-aid. She brings with her a passion for children, music, art, and is an integral part of the ASD Fitness Center staff.
Jackie S. – CFT, M.S. Exercise Science, Autism Fitness Certification Level I, Lead Personal Trainer
A graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she has earned a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Speech and Language Pathology. She earned her Master’s degree in Exercise Science at Central Connecticut State University. She is currently getting her teaching certificate in Physical Education and Health in a Post-Baccalaureate program at CCSU. While at UMass she was a collegiate athlete, playing four years of Women’s Rugby. Jackie has been working with children on the autism spectrum for 8 years, and has worked in Applied Behavioral Analysis at the ACES Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders. She has also been a CrossFit athlete for 2 years, played for the Hartford Wild Roses Women’s Rugby team, and a local Women’s Fast-pitch softball league. Jackie has been instrumental in helping develop and implement the Adaptive P.E. program at ASD Fitness. Jackie is excited to combine her two passions, and help impact the lives of others through fitness and healthy lifestyles.
Jesse C. – Paraprofessional Fitness Educator
Since freshman year of high school Jesse has been involved with helping people with disabilities. Unified sports, Fabulous Friends, and Best Buddies are a few clubs he has been involved in over the years. Helping people with disabilities truly his passion and he says it makes him smile more than anything. This summer he assisted with the summer camp at ASD Fitness center and was an asset to the team. Jesse is currently a student at Eastern Connecticut State University, getting his undergraduate in Physical Education, and then has plans on getting his Master’s Degree in Special Education. ASD proves what people can do to help others in need, he says, and he enjoys every minute of it.
Alan-Michael Z. — ACSM CPT — Certified Personal Trainer
Alan-Michael is a soon to be graduate of Southern Connecticut State University for exercise science, focused upon human performance, where he also plays lacrosse. He is certified through ACSM. He helped begin a program called “Fit 5” with Oxford Special Olympics last spring. This program involved the idea of exercising 5 days a week, drinking 5 bottles of water and eating 5 fruits or vegetables per day. A tutor of anatomy and physiology, he uses this to his advantage when training clients. Alan-Michael plans to attend graduate school, studying to become a physician’s assistant in the future.
Brett D. – CFT, Personal Trainer
Brett got his B.S. in Exercise Science at Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has recently completed his teaching degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University. He currently teaching in a school in Wallingford. Previously he worked at East Haven High School as a Special Ed. paraprofessional for over four years. He has coached football at Hamden High School, and lacrosse at Amity. He has also worked with adults at Chapel Haven. Previously, he worked part time with a corporate fitness center called Health Fitness Corporation. He is ISSA fitness trainer certified.
Christine Z. – CFT — Personal Trainer
Christine graduated from Sacred Heart University last May with a B.S. in psychology. She is 23 years old and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in social work at Southern Connecticut State University. She loves being active whether it is playing sports, going hiking, horseback riding, or working out at the gym. Christine’s twin sister has autism which helped teach her the importance of patience, understanding, acceptance, and compassion. She loves helping others and aspires to continue doing so after completing her graduate school program.
Jacob B. – CFT — Personal Trainer
Jacob has worked with individuals with special needs for over 6 years. He currently works at the ASD Fitness enter as a trainer, and Chapel Haven in the Recreational Department. His passion for helping people on the spectrum and special needs kids in general started in his junior year of high school. He was offered to be an assistant coach for the North Haven Unified Sports Team. This drove his passion to continue working with special needs kids and adults. As high school went by, he began helping out in vocational activity outside of schools and becoming a job coach for students. Also, he volunteers with a transition program in North Haven every Tuesday morning cooking and teaching adults kitchen skills.
Certifications : CPR; ISSA Youth Personal Training Certificate
Melissa K. – CFT, Personal Trainer
Melissa is a graduate of the University of Connecticut’s Honors Program, where she studied Physiology and Neurobiology, and minored in Spanish. Her main athletic passion is competitive swimming, a sport she has been involved in since a young age and continued in college on the UCONN club swim team. In addition to athletics, she was involved in Special Olympics and medical service trips to the Dominican Republic while an undergraduate. She also has her EMT certificate. She has worked for 6 years at an adaptive therapy camp for children with hemiplegia, concentrating on constraint induced movement therapy. Melissa’s brother is a member of ASD Fitness and she is excited to work with other members in offer to help them get as much out of the program as he has. In the future, Melissa is planning to attend Physician Assistant school and continue her journey in health care.
Ryan S. – CFT – Personal Trainer
Ryan graduated from Springfield College in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation & Disabilities. While attending Springfield College, Ryan was on the Baseball team his freshman year, and began having a passion for health and fitness. After graduating from Springfield, Ryan was employed at The Kennedy Center, working with an autism based population. Ryan also does therapeutic recreation with the agency, and works 1:1 with individuals. Ryan recently has been hired to be an ABA therapist at the IPPI school in Stratford. Ryan aspires to become a Special Education Teacher one day.
Certifications: CPR certified, CPI certified, ISSA Personal Trainer Certified