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AbstractThis paper studies how involving youth sports programs in the lives ofchildren with autism spectrum disorder can help improve social andmental skills Most people living with autism are reliant upon routineand by teaching repetitive sports techniques those children and evenadults with autism can gain physical and social skills Many studieshave been done using physical activities to work with children withautism to help them grow Youth sports have always been a way forchildren to grow and develop Practices games team parties and muchmore are all factors that help young children grow and mature throughoutlife socially This paper will compare many of the strategies used inyouth sports pertain them to studies done for autistic children andhelp figure out the best way to utilize sports into all childrenslives Some sports leagues have already been developed to specialize inworking with autistic and other children with mental disabilities andthis paper will explore how to expand these opportunities Keywords autism youth sports autism spectrum disorder physicaleducation sports leaguesExpanding Opportunities for Children With Autism in Youth SportsSports have always been a way for young children to develop as theygrow-up Not only do sports help children physically they are a hugepart of socialization for growing youth Activities such as practicesgames team parties and more help children to learn social skills andmature throughout life Children who grow up with autism lack the normalsocialization skills that other children are fortunate to have Byintegrating children who do not have the standard opportunities to enjoysports like a normal child children with autism can potentiallygain stronger interactions and developmental skills Creatingspecialized leagues for youth with autism can potentially help gainconfidence physical skills and peer-to-peer interactions anddevelopmentSome sports leagues are able to integrate children with disabilitiesinto their teams however it is quite uncommon and the child faces thechance of being segregated and appearing different Another problem thatchildren with disabilities face while playing sports with peers is thatthey may not have the special attention required to help them adaptproperly
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