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

golf 300x255 Golfing mad New York town sets to improve autistic childrens motor and social skillsThe 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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