Joshua Silver Banks Scholarship Fund
Please consider donating to this scholarship fund that provides tennis classes to Love Serving Autism families in need.
- In 2023, the CDC reported that approximately 1 in 36 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to 2018 data.
- 4 in 100 boys identified with autism
- 1 in 100 girls identified with autism
- Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.
- Most children were still being diagnosed after age 4, though autism can be reliably diagnosed as early as age 2.
- 31% of children with ASD have an intellectual disability (intelligence quotient [IQ] <70), 25% are in the borderline range (IQ 71–85), and 44% have IQ scores in the average to above-average range (i.e., IQ >85).
- Autism affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
- Minority groups tend to be diagnosed later and less often.
- Early intervention affords the best opportunity to support healthy development and deliver benefits across the lifespan.
- There is no medical detection for autism.
My son has autism and tennis is the only sport he chooses to play. Love Serving Autism has given my child a chance to participate in tennis at his pace, at his level, and within his limitations. Not only does it promote activity, but it helps increase his motor skills, builds confidence, and he has a blast!
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Parents understand how difficult it is to find community-based sports and activities for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Let’s look at tennis. Tennis is an individual sport that can provide youth with physical and cognitive developmental tools. It also builds self-esteem through peer interaction and socialization as well as develops language skills.
Figuring things out on his/her own helps to improve cognitive skills and each student can fine-tune motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Each student has his/her own set of needs and lessons can be tailored to fit all children with special needs.