SHAPE 2017

Boston, MA


Building task modifications to improve the motor performance of children with ASD.


Andrew M. Colombo-Dougovito and Martin Block


The University of Virginia

session discription: 

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face unique challenges in the physical education setting. In addition to the stereotypic behaviors, children with ASD also demonstrate motor patterns much different than peers. In this session, you will learn a practical strategy to breakdown a skill into components, as well as how to modify the skill task to address the needs of the student. Using aspects of Dynamic Systems Theory, task modifications provide opportunity to influence a more mature movement pattern.

Learning Objectives: 

1. Session attendees will understand the necessary steps to break down a motor skill into teachable components. Further, attendees will have the opportunity to breakdown a skill into components that are teachable for their students.

2. Session attendees will learn how to make task modifications in order to address each component of a skill. Attendees will have the opportunity to take their skill breakdown and create task modifications for each component. 

3. The skill breakdowns and task modifications created during this session will be available for each attendee.

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