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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

Aquatics and Autism: Teaching Aquatic Skills to Children With Autism

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that causes delays in verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction, as well as exhibition of ritualistic and compulsive behaviors. Children with autism have severe communication, language, and social interaction problems compared to their nondisabled peers. Therefore, teaching games is an essential need to develop vital social skills of children with autism (Maurice, Green, & Fox, 2001; Leaf & McEaching, 1999). Moreover, the literature states that children with autism have poor motor skills compared to their non-disabled peers. The purpose of this presentation is to provide basic strategies and tips for teaching aquatic skills to children with autism. In addition, information about our recent research efforts in teaching aquatic skills for children with autism and practical applications will be discussed with video demonstrations.

Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.
Presenter: Ferman Konukman (Faculty)
Topic: Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education
Location: 31 Hartwell
Time: 1:15 pm Session III