Golfing mad New York town sets to improve autistic children’s motor and social skills

The town of Islip in New York has teamed up with an occupational therapist to improve autistic children’s motor and social skills by teaching them to play golf.

John Lorenzo, of Sayville has a nine year old son on the programme. He praised the programme which allowed his son to hit his first ball last week. Speaking to News.com he said:

“You spend a lot of money trying to find activities for them. The kids don’t think it’s therapy. Aiden thinks it’s just sports time.”

Therapist Alexander Lopez has run three other successful groups in Salt Lake City, Bentwood and Newark, he said that he started the groups to help the children learn and develop through a fun inclusive activity.  Golfing improves hand eye coordination, exercising core muscles and doing it whilst having fun with peers. A ten week engagement course is $30 per session.

This specific course targets autistic children between the ages of six and 19. Parents feedback extremely positively on the course.

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Shân Ellis, is a qualified journalist with five years experience of writing features, blogging and working on a regional newspaper. Prior to working as a journalist, she was a ghost writer for top publishers and was closely involved in the editing and development of book series. Shân has a degree in the sciences, and 5 A levels. She lives in the UK and is the mother of an autistic child.