Renowned Local Fitness Trainer, Clinical Psychologist Team Up to Help Special Needs Athletes

Published : Friday, March 25, 2016 | 11:42 AM

The founders of Pasadena’s Brain Body 360 (BB360), a comprehensive fitness program designed to improve the physical skills of individuals with special needs, are launching the BB360 Ball Skills Bag on April 1, 2016, at the start of National Autism Month.

Created by award-winning strength and fitness trainer David Liston and clinical psychologist Dr. Gwennyth Palafox, the Ball Skills Bag will be the centerpiece of a convenient, affordable, and easy-to-use at home program for special needs athletes.

Liston and Palafox came up with the idea of the Ball Skills Bag because, they said, of an overwhelmingly positive response to their Ball Skills classes.

Built upon a foundation of behavioral and developmental science, BB360 provides specialty exercise classes that cross-train the brain and the body to improve functioning and independence across the home, school and community environments.

“When our athletes build these important physical skills, it creates a chain reaction of empowerment that leads to improved self-confidence, more meaningful relationships, and independence,” Liston said.

BB360’s vision is two-fold: create a community of acceptance, belonging and trust that embraces special needs, and help people become as independent as possible.

Classes are Monday at 3:30 and 4:30 p.m., Thursday at 3:30 p.m., Friday at 3:15 and 4:15 p.m., and Saturdays at 12, 1, and 2 p.m. Classes are located at 990 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena.

For BB360, National Autism Awareness Month represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year.

For over 4 years, BB360 has worked in communities, large and small, to ensure all individuals living with autism through its services and programming. It encourages community members to ensure acceptance and inclusion in schools and communities for individuals with autism, and to work closer to a society where those with Autism Spectrum Disorder are truly valued for their unique talents and gifts.

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