Students with Autism enjoy Olympics

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With School Gym as Olympic Stadium, Autistic Students Chase Goals

The Rebecca School in Manhattan, which serves developmentally disabled children, incorporated the London Olympics into its summer curriculum as a way to engage its older students
The teachers have taken advantage of the London Olympics to stir the students’ interest and help them make sense of “who they are and how they fit into the world,” said Tina McCourt, the school’s program director. (It may sound like a common enough problem, but it is especially difficult for autistic children to grasp, she said.)The concept of competition helps them relate to other people, and the Olympics — the grandest international competition of them all — give them another opportunity to comprehend the outside world, Ms. McCourt said.Setting and achieving goals is a form of therapy, too, staff members said. Even cheering on their teammates draws the students out, making them less likely to shut others out.The students’ deficits are not physical, but neurological. Those with developmental disorders have trouble ordering and processing sensory information; even an activity like kicking a ball back and forth can pose a challenge.

Read the entire NY Times CityRoom blog article: With School Gym as Olympic Stadium, Autistic Students Chase Goals

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