Autism Acceptance Week

From March 28th to April 3rd, we can celebrate Autism Acceptance Week!

This is a time to recognize children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum and spread awareness of neuro-divergence in our communities. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a condition that is characterized by having challenges with social skills, speech and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors.

This week is a great opportunity to learn more about autism and get involved with online groups or read more about it. 

Autism Acceptance Week also shows us the importance of acceptance. Whether it be self-acceptance or embracing everyone around us. The goal of this week is to listen and learn from others and see the world from another perspective. 

We can all take the time to understand one another on a deeper level. Now is our chance to show support and continue to appreciate the differences we all have. 

To learn more you can visit the resources below:

Autism Resources In the United States | Autism Awareness Centre Inc.

World Autism Awareness Week: A Message To The Public…| YouTube 

Events | Autism Speaks

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How To Help Kids With Autism Symptoms Succeed In Sports

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Calling all coaches! Wondering how you can encourage students with autism to participate in physical activity? Keep on reading…

The Right Environment is Key

Children with ASD symptoms need to feel comfortable in their surroundings. If you’re not sure how to go about that, try and get them familiar with the equipment. Explain how the equipment works and why you love it. You can even go the extra mile and incorporate visual cards. Sometimes kids with ASD symptoms respond better to visuals than words.

Use Specific Instructions

Don’t be afraid to go into detail. Here’s an example. You can either say…

“Okay, time to dribble kids”


“Bounce the ball up and down 15 times.”

Being specific will give them a clear vision of the final goal.

You Can Do It

Physical activity can help children on the spectrum with their confidence, social skills, and overall well being.

Now, the coaching process may be different than what you’re used to.

But by following these techniques, you can completely transform their physical education experience.

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