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Accessible golf for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Leah M. Cox, MS, CRC, LRT/CTRS, Dan Johnson PhD, LRT/CTRS, Candace Ashton, PhD, LRT/CTRS

Abstract


Golf is a popular sport played by many people of varying ages. Recently, individuals with disabilities are becoming more interested in this sport with the help of community programs such as Project Golf: Accessible and Inclusive Networks (GAIN). The purpose of this paper is to provide recreation therapy professionals with background information on the game of golf, information about the benefits and barriers common to golf, as well as information on the effectiveness of using golf as a therapeutic treatment intervention. Examples of adaptations for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder are provided as well as recommendations for recreation therapists.

Keywords


Accessible golf, recreation therapy, recreation, leisure, Autism Spectrum Disorder

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5055/ajrt.2013.0045

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