B3-B: Love Serving Autism: An Interdisciplinary Sports Model to Improve Functional Communication and Other Health Outcomes

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often lack individualized programming that promotes health and well-being. Love Serving Autism (LSA) is a novel 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic tennis instruction to children and adults with ASD and other developmental challenges. Developed and implemented by an interdisciplinary team of clinicians, led by speech-language pathologists and tennis professionals, LSA has over 500 participants in school and community-based programs. Evidence-based tools utilized on the tennis court include First/Then and Token Economy boards, visual schedules, social stories, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices, among others. Attendees will learn how to reimagine and apply therapeutic interventions in non-traditional settings.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Describe four health benefits of interdisciplinary techniques employed outside the traditional clinical setting.

2. Reframe their perspective on how and where clinical practices can be implemented.

3. Develop interdisciplinary innovations that can be feasibly implemented in non-traditional therapeutic settings.

Communication Health & Wellness Mental Health

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