Lauren McDougall is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) with a passion for empowering the lives of children, adolescents and young adults with a chronic health conditions, disability, developmental delay, or other difficulty,through individually tailored exercise prescription, and healthy lifestyle change. Lauren finds great passion in the role exercise has for this population, not only in improving their health and wellbeing, but also in watching the individual’s self-esteem and self-confidence grow.
Lauren has always had a strong interest in working with this younger population. During her final year of university, Lauren spent 11 weeks with a high-school disability unit, providing exercise therapy to 20 students both individually and in small groups. The students had intellectual and/or physical disabilities, as well as Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. She is now the clinical educator at this placement site supervising final year placement students from UniSA wanting to gain experience in paediatric disability.
Lauren holds a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology from the University of South Australia, as well
as a Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies from Flinders University. As part of her Graduate Certificate, Lauren completed electives related to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay and the management of physical and multiple disabilities to further her knowledge in the area of disability and paediatrics. Lauren has also completed a Yoga teaching course specific to children and teenagers, components of which are often integrated into exercise sessions.
Lauren has written blog articles for Exercise and Sport Science Australia on the topics of Exercise for
Autism and Exercise for Childhood and Adolescent cancers (links on the home page). In addition, Lauren also presented on Motivating Children to Exercise at the 2018 UniSA Clinical Exercise Physiology conference.
Additional paediatric and disability related professional development completed:
Exercise & Physical Activity Participation for Children & Youth with Disabilities webinar - Exercise & Sport Science Australia
Autism Exercise Specialist CEC Course (Webinar series) - American College of Sports Medicine
Working With Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder Webinar -Exercise & Sport Science Australia
Dyspraxia Kids Australia 2-day National Conference (Developmental Coordination Disorder Australia Inc)