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Tennis court lessons for kids on the autism spectrum
JUPITER, Fla. – Brothers Gibson and Watson Gilbert are working on their tennis skills. They love a challenge from their teacher.
Gibson who is 9-years-old said, “Playing tennis has like always helped me play better at tennis.”
“You can really get exercise and it’s one of the most popular sports,” said his 7-year-old brother Watson.
This summer, the boys are helping tennis instructor Lisa Pugliese who founded “Love Serving Autism.”
She teaches kids on the autism spectrum at the “Els For Autism Foundation” in Jupiter.
“Have difficulty regulating themselves with behavior, with sensory. So a lot of the gross motor skills in the tennis activity helps therapeutically to calm them down so that they can focus better.”
Helping improve a child’s social skills.
“I’ve seen many children here at the tennis program increase their language skills and they are socializing more during tennis than they do in the classrooms.” Equipping students on the spectrum for the future. “So that they can become independent members in the community, have jobs someday and really contribute to society.”
Meanwhile, Lee Gilbert, Gibson and Watson’s mother says these young volunteers are also becoming more independent.
“It’s important to be able to socialize with other children and of every age so it’s good to see that.”
“Love Serving Autism” event will take place Saturday, July 28.
Love Serving Autism, Receives USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) FL STAR Award in Orlando, FL
Orlando Fla. 6/2/18 – The United States Professional Tennis Association, honored those who stand out in their communities and go above and beyond in all aspects of the tennis industry, from tennis coaches to players to volunteers during its annual state convention.
This year the annual USPTA State Convention FL STAR award ceremony was held on 6/2 in Orlando, FL. Lisa Pugliese, Founder of Love Serving Autism, was honored by the association for her remarkable work in the community and her steadfast perseverance with her nonprofit organization. Her specialized tennis program and volunteer spirit have increased the opportunities for others to participate in tennis.
Love Serving Autism teaches tennis to children and adults with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. Lisa has grown the program from one location in its first year to eight programs and counting in local schools and community tennis organizations, throughout Palm Beach County, Fl. The program emphasizes individual achievement and sportsmanship along with teaching the physical attributes of the sport. In addition to focusing on tennis, the program offers modified tennis equipment and helps in building language skills with the use of communication technology.