Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sport-Social
Sport-Social is a place for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder to learn new skills or expand on skills they already have. A large part of the individuals we work with have been diagnosed with ASD and understanding what that is will help you understand what we do.
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction. This also includes a difficulty in building and maintaining relationships. A diagnosis of ASD also includes the presence of restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities.
In recent years estimates for the frequency across the world estimate that 1% of the population has been diagnosed with ASD.
The age of onset for ASD is generally during the second year of life however in rare instances developmental regression occurs after two years of life. Some children with ASD also experience a developmental plateau or developmental regression around the age of two.
Many professionals will claim that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an effective means for providing a higher quality of life for individuals with ASD and those involved in their life.
Here at Sport-Social our goal is to improve each individual's functional communication, socially appropriate language, fine motor skills, and gross motor skills. We also work on expanding interests. We achieve this goal by using ABA to teach sports, arts, and social skills.
Although autism is one of the populations we work with, we are ready and willing to find a way to help anyone. Sport-Social is a place where someone that is struggling to make friends can come and learn new skills to improve their confidence while learning how to build and maintain relationships. We work with both children and adults. In addition to working with a broad range of ages, Sport-Social also helps many individuals with a variety of special needs. We have helped individuals with down syndrome, ADHD, fetal alcohol syndrome, and brain tumors.
It is also a place where people can get information and build a relationship within a community. We are dedicated to keeping people informed and in touch with the resources they need.
Boucher, J. (2009). The autistic spectrum: Characteristics, causes, and practical issues. Los Angeles: SAGE.
Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-5. (2013). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Assoc.