Alberto Cei */**, Bruno Ruscello *** and Daniela Sepio **
(*) Department of Human Sciences and Promotion of the Quality of Life, San Raffaele Roma Open University, Rome, Italy
(**) ASD Calcio Integrato, Rome, Italy
(***) School of Sport and exercise Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, “Tor Vergata University” Rome, Italy
Cei, A., Ruscello, B., Sepio, D. (2023). The role of Football in Enhancing psychosocial skills in Youth with Autism spectrum disorder. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 54(5), 373-388. doi:10.7352/IJSP.2023.54.373
The study investigates the impact of football program, including a summer camp, on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Motor skill assessments showed significant improvements in ball handling abilities. Parent evaluations revealed strong correlations between factors such as verbal communication, social interaction, transitions, and task attention, indicating overall psychosocial skill enhancement. The intensive training, both in terms of hours and quality of activities, played a crucial role in these improvements. This research highlights the potential benefits of structured team sports programs for youth with ASD, emphasizing the importance of physical activity in their development and well-being.
Keywords: Children with ASD, summer camp, training, parents, football