P.O.W.E.R. Sports are designed exclusively for youth living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They incorporate non-competitive skill building and short scrimmages in a caring, judgement free zone. Peer Buddies, who are typically developing, allow for an inclusive opportunity.
These tailored sports programs expand the capabilities, confidence, and quality of life for children living with autism. The program is designed to encourage fun, learning, coordination and social interaction in positive environment. Coaching staff are trained in evidenced-based best practices.
frequently asked questions
What are P.O.W.E.R. Sports? The ASRC provides tailored sports experience for children with ASD. Our program focuses on non-competitive skill building and tailored scrimmages when possible in a positive and loving environment.
Where are the programs held? We are grateful to Grand Blanc Parks & Rec for providing us with space at school gymnasiums. Exact locations TBD.
What is the Age Range of Players? Our POWER Sports programs are open to participants from age 6 and up. We typically divide athletes into 2 groups based on developmental level and age. All participants must have a yearly Needs Assessment Form (also part of our yearly membership renewal process) on file with ASRC. Click here to complete the form. More information will be provided on the program registration pages.
Who Coaches? Head Coaches come to us with experience in the sport they lead as well as training in working with the ASD population. They are often supported by college level Occupational Therapy students as well as other volunteers who have received training in evidence based best practices. All staff are background checked by the ASRC and come recommended.
Who are Peer Buddies? Our philosophy is to combine neuro-typical “peer buddies” with youth living with autism. Players will have an opportunity to engage in a sports program with peers who can help them grow and expand their social experiences. All “peer buddies” will receive developmentally appropriate training prior to the session. This is an ideal opportunity for area school LINKS students. Does POWER Sports serve the whole autism spectrum? The activities are all planned so participants can access them regardless of where they are on the spectrum.Players can have lower or higher needs and can be verbal or non verbal . We ask that parents remain in the gym at all times to assist if your child needs supervision or if they need to be escorted to the restroom. Players who need 1:1 assistance throughout the entire session (either because they are in danger of running away, need physical assistance for most activities, or who are routinely aggressive to themselves and others) might not be a good fit for our program. Please contact us to see if this program is a good fit for your child’s specific needs.
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