Summer Activity Ideas: Sports and Games – Hands in Autism®

Summer Activity Ideas: Sports and Games

Summer Activity Ideas: Sports and Games

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Sports activities and games can be incredibly challenging for individuals with an ASD. Many obstacles may arise from the fast pace of the activities, the change in tempo and in types of activities, sensory overload, physical challenges from the equipment used, and group involvement (e.g., playing in large groups or small, keeping up with rules, gross and fine motor requirements, and required socialization). However, structuring activities and using visual supports may help the individual participate in the activities successfully and eventually independently.
The considerations in this information sheet need to be individualized based on the needs for a particular student.

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Sports activities and games can be incredibly challenging for individuals with an ASD. Many obstacles may arise from the fast pace of the activities, the change in tempo and in types of activities, sensory overload, physical challenges from the equipment used, and group involvement (e.g., playing in large groups or small, keeping up with rules, gross and fine motor requirements, and required socialization). However, structuring activities and using visual supports may help the individual participate in the activities successfully and eventually independently.
The considerations in this information sheet need to be individualized based on the needs for a particular student.

This download is a 5-page PDF that contains:

  • sample social narrative about winning and losing
  • visual schedule for playing outdoor bean toss
  • visual schedule for playing ladder toss
  • swimming visual schedule
  • visual supports for playing frisbee activities
  • sample visual schedule for exercising

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