Athletes with Autism

Bjarnesen, Julianne

Wayne State University

$24,906.00

Community Grants

Detroit

MI

United States

2013

http://wayne.edu

City: 
Detroit
State/Province: 
MI
State/Province Full: 
Michigan
Country: 
United States

Athletes with Autism (AwA), a local non-profit organization, and Wayne State University (WSU) are designing a program that annually provides free sports programming to about 100 children and youth with ASD, with numbers growing due to demand and capacity-building efforts. Each year, 50 physical education and sport professionals are trained to provide instruction to children with ASD using established evidence-based practices (e.g., social narratives, video modeling, visual supports, etc.). The goal of this collaboration is to help young athletes with ASD develop the independence, socialization and physical skills needed to access existing community- and school-based sports programming with their age appropriate peers.