Stephanie Patterson: Doctoral Student Co-Authors Book on Sports Therapy for Autistic Children
September 6, 2012 - Through her love of figure skating, Stephanie Patterson discovered an outlet for autistic children that also helped them become a part of their wider community. While coaching the sport in her native Calgary, she established a skating program for children with autism that allowed them to enjoy the benefits of a sport while sharing quality time with family.
Currently a doctoral student in educational psychology at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, Patterson has co-authored “Getting Into the Game: Sports Programs For Kids With Autism” with Dr. Veronica Smith, associate professor at the University of Alberta (London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2012), which was released this summer. Based on recreational programs for children with autism throughout the United States and Canada, the text describes the benefits of their participation in sports such as skating, soccer, biking, tennis, swimming, and martial arts.
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