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Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) Top Tips
This blog post is taken from the ‘Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC)’ factsheet, one of two factsheets produced by sports coach UK in conjunction with the National Autistic Society and Nottinghamshire County Council.
The following information has been written by those with a great deal of experience in this area. The information is provided as guidance only, allowing you to be more informed in your approach to being a more inclusive coach. No two people are the same; as such, please ensure your first step is always to speak to the person – understand their abilities and goals, and never assume.
What is ASC?
ASC is a lifelong developmental disability that can affect the way a person communicates and relates to others. It is called a spectrum as it shows itself in such a wide variety of ways, ranging from individuals who are pedantic about certain things to those with Asperger syndrome.
Points to be Aware of When Coaching People with ASC
The following points summarise many of the characteristics of people with ASC. It is important to understand that not everyone on the autism spectrum will have all of these characteristics; they may present only one or two of the following. By understanding what ASC is, you will feel supported to make your sessions a more positive experience for all your participants.
General Characteristics of People with ASC
Common Characteristics of People with ASC
Including People with ASC in Your Coaching Sessions
This blog post is taken from the ‘Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC)’factsheet, one of two factsheets produced by sports coach UK in conjunction with the National Autistic Society and Nottinghamshire County Council.
Download the factsheet.
For further information and support, visit:
Tel: 020-7833 2299
sports coach UK also has a number of workshops you can attend to help you become more inclusive in your coaching. Visit the sports coach UK website to find out more about these workshops.
Did you find this post helpful? Do you have any tips you’d like to share with your fellow coaches? Leave a comment below.
I have been a squash coach for a long time and have encountered challenging youngsters in limited numbers out of the many hundreds, but my latest 'client' is a 17 year old who I am working with on a one-to-one basis, due to lack of social interaction and massive lack of confidence; I belive he has PDA. What are the best pointers to help me help him?
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