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New book published by Professor Ann Fullerton focuses on supporting persons with autism to choose and participate in recreation
Supporting Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder in Recreation
By Phyllis Coyne and Ann Fullerton
Most of us work to live and live to enjoy our lives. Phyllis Coyne and Ann Fullerton echo this philosophy in their timely second edition of Supporting Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder in Recreation. They clearly state that everyone, including persons who may need specialized supports, essentially needs to have access to meaningful recreational activities that provide enjoyment, interactions with friends and acquaintances, and increased health and well-being. Understanding ASD, utilizing the individual’s existing skills and interests, and providing appropriate supports in organized recreation programs are emphasized throughout the book.
Coyne and Fullerton provide myriad helpful suggestions on ensuring that individuals with autism spectrum disorder can engage in recreation activities, addressing important topics such as (a) universal design, (b) planning, (c) structure, (d) conducting an environmental inventory, (e) matching interests to activities, and (f) sensory and visual supports. In addition, they highlight participation in parks and recreation activities, youth organizations, camp programs, and programs initiated by families.
Dr. Fullerton is Director of Research in the PSU Graduate School of Education.
Ann Fullerton, PhD
Portland State University
Graduate School of Education
PO Box 751
615 SW Harrison
Portland, OR 97207-0751