Brief Report Using Behavioral Skills Training to Teach Skateboarding Skills to a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-016-2900-8

DESCRIPTORS: autism, behavioral skills training, fitness, physical exercise, sports skills

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of behavioral skills training (BST) on the skateboarding skills of an 11-year-old male with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). BST was used in a multiple-probe across skills design to teach five target skateboarding skills. Imitation of an additional skill was also assessed outside of BST sessions. The overall percentage of correct skateboarding skills improved following BST. Performance gains were stable in probes across settings, and additional imitations increased across the study.