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Gaining a Positive Experience with Students on the Autism Spectrum and Other Students at Risk Through Archery: An Innovative Pilot Program that Engaged Pre Service Student and Connected the University to the Local Community

Shelly R. Klinek


Archery provides students the opportunity to try a team sport without the socialization skills necessary for other sports. Involvement in a positive experience and gaining self-confidence early can foster perceptions that lead to success in physical education. A pilot archery program was created and developed for students with autism and students at-risk. The program was determined to be very positive for self-esteem, socialization, focus, and attention not only for the students involved, but also the undergraduate Health and Physical Education majors participating in servicelearning.

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Adapted physical education; autism; at-risk; archery

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