The Metuchen YMCA has announced the launch of a new program, Exercising Speech.  The program which combines personal training with speech therapy, is designed to help individuals with special needs improve their physical fitness while simultaneously increasing their receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language abilities.  In additional to physical health, each personal training session will work on improving an individual’s abilities pertaining to decision making, conveying wants and needs, articulation and speech intelligibility, following directions and social skills.

The trainer for the program is James Farley.  He is a nationally-certified personal trainer and ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist.  Farley has extensive experience working with a variety of populations who struggle with communication deficits.  He works with children who have learning and/or language disabilities, multiple disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder self-contained classrooms.

“It is well known that exercise benefits everyone, physically, emotionally and socially”, said Hannah Thomas, Health and Wellness Director of the Metuchen YMCA.  “This program will not only help these individuals improve their physical health, but also help them in social settings, in school and in creating new friendships.”

Sessions will be held on a one-on-one basis, and will be offered in one, five or ten hour training packages, broken into 30, 45 or 60 minute segments.  For beginners, a Buy 2 Get 1 Free package is available. The program is open to members of all ages.