Teaching more complex exercises and activities to children and young individuals with autism takes patience and the right approach. I have written a good deal on how ABA as a teaching method works seamlessly with movement. Using small, incremental steps and being able to fade the prompt or physical guidance provides the athlete with an understanding of the activity, the movement pattern, and the ABILITY to do it him/herself.
In this video, I am teaching my athlete a scoop, or underhand throw with a Sandbell. I physically guide him through the activity and fade the prompt back to allow him to perform the movement on his own. This is a tough activity for him. We’ve been working on it for several weeks. Children and young individuals with autism frequently have difficulty with particular movements. Developing a series of prerequisite skills and having the athlete perform the simpler exercises first is a great way to build tolerance to new activities, new skill sets, and mastery of fundamentals.