Little steps take autistic kids a long way on the tennis court

The gym was filled with volunteers and schoolchildren in constant movement. There was no time to waste in their weekly tennis lesson — there were backhands, forehands and volleys to practice.

In some ways, it looked like any other after-school program.

In other ways, it was vastly different.

The smiles on the faces, the eye contact, the hand-eye coordination, the communication between instructor and student — all are things that can be challenging to come by with this group.

For the past two years, Brian Dorval and Pam Almeter have been developing an adaptive tennis program for children with autism and teaching the game and its skills to children ages 5 to 17 at Summit Educational Resources in Getzville.

via Net gains: Little steps take autistic kids a long way on the tennis court : NeXt : The Buffalo News.

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