Friendship in Teams (Fit)
Western Reserve Speech and Language Partners
This is a new program that combines social skills intervention with adaptive physical fitness instruction. This project will specifically address the need for recreation/community activities for children on the autism spectrum. FIT is designed to foster in each student confidence in his or her ability to join and interact effectively in groups of typically developing peers. Students ages 4-18 are divided into three groups: Ages 4-7 focuses on social skills and activities that children can use on the playground and at recess; Ages 8-11 focuses on social skills and physical activities that teach and practice skills typically needed in a physical education environment; and Ages 12-18 focuses on socials skills and physical activities, as well as age appropriate games involving technology and less traditional sport activities.