Getting into the Game
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Release Date:15 Jul 2012
ISBN:9781849052498
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Getting into the Game

Sports Programs for Kids with Autism

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Getting into the Game: Sports Programs for Kids with AutismSpectrum Disorder will help families, clinicians and coachessupport children with autism in taking their first steps into sport andrecreation.

Participation in individual and team sports plays an important partin children's development and promotes growth in a number of areas.As well as the obvious health benefits, sport also provides the perfectbackdrop to teach young people with autism about rules, strategy andteamwork – all invaluable lessons that can be applied to widersociety. By detailing six of the most popular sports, cycling, iceskating, swimming, soccer, taekwondo, and tennis, and including theunique experiences of families of children with autism, it offers allthe information, advice, and support needed to help get kids withautism engaged in fun and positive sport environments.

This book is an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, coachesand anyone supporting children with autism spectrum disorders in asport or recreation environment.

Veronica Smith has been a professor of SpecialEducation for the past seven years. She has a speciality in autism anddevelopmental disabilities and has published several articles onintervention and evidence-based instructional practices for childrenwith autism. She is an active amateur athlete who is committed tofitness and believes in the benefits of lifelong physical activity.Veronica lives in Alberta, Canada. Stephanie Pattersonis a certified professional figure skating coach (National CoachingCertification Program Level 1) and doctoral student focusing onintervention practices for children with ASD. She has developed anddelivered a modified learn to ice skate program for youth with ASD.Stephanie currently lives is Los Angeles, California.
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