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Exercise/ Nutrition/ Stress Reduction Intervention Program for Teens and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum and/or Mild Neurodevelopmental Disorders


The MUSC Wellness Center and the Division of Developmental Pediatrics have taken the lead in creating a Wellness Lifestyle program specifically for older teens and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other mild Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD).

The goals of this program are to increase physical activity, improve body composition, promote healthy food choices, broaden social skills, teach relaxation skills and improve mood and calmness.


Piece it Together focuses on overall health and wellbeing with other reinforcing activities available including:

  • Interval strength and cardiovascular training
  • Opportunities to do outside activities (i.e. walk the bridge)
  • Nutritional guidance and food preparation instruction
  • Relaxation, stress reduction and calming strategies
  • Supportive environment to foster positive relationships and socialization
  • Opportunities for personal trainer or buddy activities
  • Swimming, yoga, mindfulness, cycling and more.


Piece it Together is partially sponsored by the SC Translational Clinical Research Institute, the SC Developmental Disabilities Council, MUSC Urban Farm, Unlimited Possibilities Mentoring Services, and the Lowcountry Autism Foundation.



Co-Director: Janis Newton , Director of the MUSC Wellness Center

Co-Director: Program Physician: Eve Spratt, MD, MSCR, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry

Registered Dieticians: Judith Herrin, RD

Exercise Physiologist: Alicia O’Connor

Program Coordinator: Carrie Papa  843-876-1507;



Piece It Together alumni and new recruits, please join us for year-round opportunities to continue developing healthy habits throughout the year!


Please join us at the MUSC Wellness Center and enjoy spinning, yoga, swimming, and preparing for local 5K and 10K races.  Continue to progress towards your goals of achieving your personal best – stay physically active, improve fitness and flexibility, reduce stress, increase social skills and stay connected with friends through our Fitbit group and private Facebook group page! We aim to individualize goals for each participant.


Registration Criteria:

  • Participants must be motivated to build healthy lifestyle skills and habits
  • Participants must be motivated to make friends
  • Participants must be able to sit and listen to 20-30 minute lessons
  • Participants must be respectful to others



Location: MUSC Wellness Center

 45 Courtenay Dr

 Charleston, SC 29401


*Payment will be requested at the first class at the MUSC Wellness Center Membership desk for the entire course*


Eligibility and Registration:

For more information, or to inquire about registration, please contact: Program coordinator Carrie Papa at 843-876-1507 or




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