Sports and exercise for children with autism can improve social and cognitive skills

Four years ago, autistic teenager Jason McElwain became an overnight sensation by scoring 20 points in four minutes of action in a high school basketball game.

While many children with autism may never reach similar athletic heights, McElwain and others like him give children and parents hope. Perhaps the most significant part of the story was the acceptance that “J-Mac” received from his peers.

Whether children who have autism are high functioning like McElwain or are less advanced, playing sports can improve several aspects of their lives.

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