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Teaching Basketball Shooting Skills to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Abstract

There are few published procedures for teaching athletic skills to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This study used a multiple baseline across participants design to evaluate the effects of prompting, demand fading, and differential reinforcement, on the basketball shooting skills of four school-aged boys diagnosed with ASD. During baseline, all four boys rarely made correct and accurate baskets at the regulation height and distance for their age-group in youth basketball. Following intervention, all four boys increased their percentage of correct shots and accuracy, compared to baseline, and their shooting skills transferred to the game of “P-I-G” with peers.

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Thomas, B.R., Gumaer, C. & Charlop, M.H. Teaching Basketball Shooting Skills to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Dev Phys Disabil (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10882-021-09792-y

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Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Athletic skills
  • Motor skills
  • Physical play