ERIC Number: EJ1103848
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Brief Report: Coaching Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a School-Based Multi-Sport Program
Rosso, Edoardo G.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n7 p2526-2531 Jul 2016
While physical activity (PA) is often overwhelming for people with ASD, appropriate engagement strategies can result in increased motivation to participate and associated physical and psychosocial benefits. In this framework, the multi-sport Supporting Success program aims to inform good-practice coaching strategies for community coaches to engage with adolescents with ASD in order to foster socialisation. The project employs a community development approach and a Participatory Action Research (PAR) design. Methods include ongoing consultation, focus groups, briefing/debriefing sessions and questionnaire surveys. Preliminary findings indicate that coaching strategies and program design are fundamental variables in the use of sport/PA to help adolescents with ASD to develop social skills and share positive experiences with peers, coaches, educators and local community members.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Physical Activities, Coaching (Performance), Adolescents, Socialization, Community Programs, Participatory Research, Action Research, Questionnaires, Surveys, Focus Groups, Program Design, Skill Development, Interpersonal Competence
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