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Music is helping some adults with autism get a little exercise

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Conductorcise teaches students how to move like an orchestra conductor. Conductorcise teaches students how to move like an orchestra conductor.

April is Autism Awareness Month.  There's a group of adults on the autism spectrum who are venturing out to try something new.  Getting enough exercise is sometimes tough for these adults so they get a little help with music.  

"Okay.  Here we go," says David Dworkin, a professional musician and conductor.

Dworkin is directing his class that is made up of adults who are on the autism spectrum.  They're listening to "The Stars and Stripes Forever."  These young adults on the autism spectrum are trying a new type of workout that blends music with exercise.  It's called conductorcise because you learn to move like an orchestra conductor.  

"This is a wonderful way to learn music and can be physical," says Dworkin.

Dworkin introduces the group to "The Thunder and Lightening Polka.

It makes for a lively workout.  People on the autism spectrum have neurodevelopmental disorders that affect language, behavior, and social skills.  They often don't get enough exercise.  

"A lot of them are just unable to exercise," says Lauren Klein, an autism vocational expert.  "Endurance and stamina is just very low and it's seen across the board in research with individuals on the spectrum so we really like to try to get them moving."

And move they do.  They're exercising to "The Radetzky March" by Strauss.

"For them to show an emotion, happiness, or joy is just a wonderful kind of thing," says Dworkin.

"I didn't know what to expect basically, but you know surprises can be good," says Michael Rivera, a student in the class.

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