Numerous intervention strategies have been implemented for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), however, many have demonstrated a weakness of empirically supported studies. Additionally these strategies are limited to behavioral, communicative, and play skill intervention; little has been done in terms of developing motor skills. It is the goal of researchers to ensure that teachers have the best information regarding these strategies to ensure the most effective outcomes for their students. In this review, several empirically supported intervention strategies for children with ASD were given, with supporting evidence toward their effectiveness. Suggestions were then included for the use of these intervention strategies in the physical education classroom for development of motor skills. Among the strategies included were: applied behavior analysis (ABA), visual supports, peer-tutoring, and video modeling.
Colombo-Dougovito, A.M. (2015). Successful intervention strategies for autism spectrum disorder and their use for the development of motor skills in physical education. PALASTRA, 29(2).
Colombo-Dougovito, A. & Healy, S. Utilizing evidence-based practices to teach motor skills to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). At 2014 VAHPERD annual conference, Virginia Beach, VA. November, 2014.