Pre-service adapted physical education teacher perceptions of teaching motor skills to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Abstract:

Teaching individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be a difficult task due to the unique stereotypic behaviors demonstrated regardless of subject area. Motor tasks can pose even more of a difficulty due to physical educators limted experiences with individuals with ASD and a limited knowledge of evidence-based practice. This study sought to answer (1) what behavioral, instructional, or environmental challenges do perserice adapted physical education teachers face when developing motor skills in individuals with ASD?, and (2) what are their perceived perceptions of the utlized teaching strategies? To answer this question, four (4) individuals currently working in a one-year APE master's program, who were working one-on-one with a child with ASD in a locoal school, were recruited. Participants were interviewed and observed over the course of a 5-week period.

End Date: 

June 2014

Funding:

N/A

Publication:

Draft of Manuscript

Presentation:

NAFAPA 2014 Symposium, entitled: Pre-service adapted physical education teacher perceptions of teaching motor skills to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). October, 2014, Ann Arbor, MI.