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Developing Effective Coaching Strategies for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a School-Based Multi-Sport Program

Developing Effective Coaching Strategies for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a School-Based Multi-Sport Program

Publication type

Journal Articles

Publisher

Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators

Year

2019

This article highlights several effective coaching strategies developed through the implementation of a multi-sports programme, Supporting Success, for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder in a school setting.

Youth, ages 10 to 19, compose approximately 42% of all individuals who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Australia. In 2012, there were an estimated 115,400 Australians living with ASD, with 28,000 of those between the ages of 10 and 14, and 21,000 of them between 15 and 19 years old. Twenty percent of adolescents with ASD struggle to participate in physical activity (PA) in a school setting. However, participation in physical activity for children with ASD is essential, as it provides a sense of normalcy, allows the children to experience a fun activity with their peers, and develops important interpersonal skills. Indeed, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity improves both physical and behavioral difficulties, including reductions in stereotypic behaviours. 

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Author

Emma Milanese, Richard McGrath, Alyson Crozier

Published

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 08:21

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