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Football and autism

There are few research studies conducted on the topic of soccer and autism, below are the studies on youth with ASD presented in an article by Vetri and Roccella (2020). On the Playing Field to Improve: A Goal for Autism. Medicine, 56.

Hayward et al. (2016) investigated a group of 18 children with ASD (7-11 years old) who participated in a 16-week community-based program The authors assessed physical activity outcomes such as pre- and post-football skills, participant attendance, and parent satisfaction. The purpose of their soccer program was to teach children with ASD the basic soccer skills while giving them the opportunity to have fun and interact with peers. The results supported the feasibility and effectiveness of a soccer program because they showed improvements in shot accuracy and agility on the 15-yard line. Parents’ overall satisfaction was very good and perceived their children as more active and enjoying playing soccer

Calcio Insieme is a project promoted by the Fondazione Roma Cares (a non-profit organization linked to AS ROMA and the sport association Accademia di Calcio Integrato). Cei et al. (2017) recruited 30 children with ASD (6-13 years old) to study the effects of a soccer-based training program. All children underwent initial and final quantitative motor assessment. The authors used a qualitative approach to assess psychosocial skills at the beginning and end of the training period through interviews with their parents and teachers of the youth. Results showed that parents and teachers perceived most children with ASD to have improved psychosocial and communication skills. Motor skills assessed quantitatively showed significant improvement in the following six out of ten tests: walking between cones, running between cones, rolling on the mat, jumping high (three 20/30 cm obstacles), grasping (five throws from 1 to 5 m away from the instructor), and staying balanced on the jellyfish.

A third research was conducted by Chambers and Radley (2020) who used a different approach. preferring a peer-mediated intervention to promote skill acquisition in children with ASD. The authors selected three male students with autism (ages 11 and 12, respectively) and instructed a 14-year-old peer interventionist common to all three participants. The soccer skills assessed were throwing, kicking, and defense. During the training sessions, the peer explained and demonstrated soccer skills to the children with ASD and provided technical instruction after practice to correct errors. At the end of the study, the three participants rapidly acquired the coached soccer skills and accuracy in executing the skills persisted over time, in the absence of any peer intervention.

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Calcio Insieme for young with motor and intellectual disabilities

Calcio insieme 

Un programma di calcio integrato per giovani 

con disabilità motorie e intellettive

ALBERTO CEI,    MICHELE ROSCI,    DANIELA SEPIO

              Università San Raffaele      AS Roma     Accademia di Calcio Integrato

                          Convegno Nazionale Scientifico AIDEE 2019

                                                   La Disprassia

                                     Roma, 17-18 Novembre 2019

Calcio Insieme, è un progetto promosso dalla Fondazione Roma Cares, Onlus legata al più ampio contesto di responsabilità e sostenibilità  sociale della AS Roma e dalla Asd Accademia Calcio Integrato, il cui obiettivo è lo sviluppo di una cultura dell’integrazione e dell’educazione ai valori dello sport attraverso il calcio.

Obiettivi - Studiare gli effetti di un programma di allenamento basato sull’insegnamento del calcio, su giovani con disprassia e con disturbo dello spettro autistico (ASD) promuovendone le competenze psicosociali, motorie e calcistiche. Nessun altro studio è stato condotto su sport di squadra e a nostra conoscenza i dati a disposizione provengono da sport individuali (Bremer et al., 2016; Luiselli e Cei 2017; Rivilis et al., 2011)) se non sono addirittura sconsigliati (https://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/dyspraxia-children/pe-lessons/).

Metodo - 30 partecipanti sono stati sottoposti a valutazione motoria pre/post. Valutazione psicosociale effettuata con interviste pre/post a genitori e insegnanti e con una valutazione svolta sul campo e continuativa nel tempo da istruttori di calcio e psicologi dello sport.

Risultati – Abilità motorie: differenze significative rispetto alle valutazioni iniziali in 6 prove su 10. Abilità calcio “correre con la palla”: il 39,3% non mostra alcun miglioramento, il 28,6% raggiunge un livello intermedio e il 10,7% un livello medio alto di abilità. Interviste ai genitori e insegnanti: percepiscono un incremento delle abilità psicosociali e motorie. Tale incremento differisce in base alla gravità del disturbo del giovane.

Conclusioni - Si conferma quanto emerso dalle rassegne su persone con ASD per cui la dimensione motoria migliora con percorsi specifici di apprendimento sportivo, ma a ciò si aggiunge che l’organizzazione dell’allenamento in attività di gruppo e individuali favorisce lo sviluppo delle competenze psicosociali. Il ridotto numero di giovani con disprassia richiede che i risultati dovranno essere documentati su una popolazione più ampia. Gli sviluppi futuri del progetto andranno verso una distinzione dei programmi di ricerca e di allenamento, con modelli specifici di intervento per le diverse diagnosi coinvolte.

Per sapere di più su Calcio Insieme:

Cei, A., Franceschi, P., Rosci, M., Sepio, D., e Ruscello, B. (2017). Motor and psychosocial development in children with autism spectrum disorder through soccer. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 48, 485-507.

Cei, A. e Luiselli, J. (a cura di) (2017). Sports, exercise and physical health among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 48, 473-568, Special Issue.

Cei, A., Ruscello, B., e Sepio, D. (2019). Summer camp for children with ASD and parents perception of changes in psycho-social skills. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 50, 162.175.

Cei, A., Sepio, D., e Rosci, M. (in press). Sport, calcio e integrazione: L’esperienza dell’AS Roma con i bambini con disabilità intellettiva. Torgiano: Calzetti e Mariucci.

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Tournament soccer integrated for youth of soccer school

Since three years from the beginning of the project “Football Together”, we will attend in Roma at a tournament of integrated football between our guys and those of Totti Soccer School.

Maglia autografata Francesco Totti alla Finale del Torneo Galeazzi 2018

Football Integrated for children with mental disabilities

Roma Cares Foundation and the Integrated Football Academy continue even this year the project “Football Together” directed to children of 6-13 years with intellectual disabilities. The project aims to use football to promote the sports, social and psychological development of young people. The program is meant to be a sport training adapted to the needs of each individual, with specific motor and psychosocial assessments (beginning, during and year-end) permitting anyone to learn if followed by competent professionals (football instructors, sports psychologists, speech therapist and doctors) with training sessions organized into units of 60 minutes twice a week from October to June.

For further information: segreteria@accademiacalciointegrato.org

Football Together meets Amatrice, Arquata and Accumoli

“Hearts DON’T TREMBLE” Football Together meets Amatrice Arquata and Accumoli  in Roma, May 20, 2017.

A day of sport and integration between soccer school children of Amatrice, Arquata, Accumoli and those of the integrated football of AS Roma. The Rome Cares and the Integrated Football Academy, in collaboration with the group the three municipalities affected by the earthquake spent a day together of football, solidarity and sociability so that children and their families can feel and share how the real sport is able to communicate the joy of being together.

Integrated football aims to promote physical activity and teaching of football among young between the ages of 6 and 12 years. The goal is to improve the quality of their lives through the practice of sport but also to build a community where school , family, sport organization and team can feel part of a project, to facilitate the empowerment of each child, just as it was defined by the International Paralympic Committee.

A program of integrated soccer for children with intellectual disabilities

It is held in Rome, November 25, 2016, a seminar dedicated to the project “Football Together”, an integrated soccer project for girls and boys aged 6 to 12 years with intellectual disabilities, particularly those affected by the autism spectrum syndrome (ASD).
The first year of the project took place in the period October 2015 – June 2016 thanks to the Roma Cares Foundation, an expression of the social responsibility of AS Roma, on a proposal by Asd Integrated Soccer Academy, in collaboration with CIP – National Italian Paralympic Committee, the Fisdir – Sport Federation Intellectual and Relational Disabilities and the support of the health service ASL Roma/1.
30 girls and boys have been involved in training for a year twice a week, and they all showed improvements despite the differences conditions and the results obtained. “Football Together” is in fact an approach to psychological , relationships, sports and motor empowerment through soccer, which has identified a suitable teaching model to the different needs of children through research to be developed in three years.
The seminar is held at the headquarters of the Lazio Regional Council, Via della Pisana 1301, Rome, starting from 10:00. The Lazio Region intends to disclose the fact of the project outcomes, also assessing their impact on the medium-long term.
For information and registration, please contact:
Email: egrassi@regione.lazio.it - vvolpi@regione.lazio.it
Tel .: +39 06 5168 8038 – 8269

Soccer School for children with intellectual disabilities

«AS Roma is pleased to announce that, since January 2016, the Club promotes and supports the “Calcio Insieme”, a program born from the collaboration between the Fondazione Roma Cares e l’Associazione dilettantistica “Calcio integrato” the training pitch of Italian Olympic Center “Giulio Onesti” were made available at boys and girls, aged between six and twelve years old, suffering from intellectual disabilities of various levels, supported by a pool of doctors, speech therapists and instructors.
The goals are the development of the physical and psychosocial well-being of children, the reduction of stress related to their living conditions, to increase their self-assessment skills and the motivation to motor activity.
A technical team of AS Roma, with sport psychologists, has developed specific educational methodologies to create a safe, comfortable and never boring environment.
Among the results expected, there is the development of the culture of integration  and the education to the values ​​of sport through the soccer.
“Roma is a great social platform, and we are conscious of the responsibility that comes – says the AS Roma general manager, Mauro Baldissoni -. I hope this is one of the many experiments that we will put up in action. Sport has always been an aggregator and along a motivational tool to go over the limits. Have on the pitch children with intellectual disabilities  is a chance for them to improve.”
The instructors were joined by a medical team, coordinated by Professor Alberto Cei, scientific director of “Calcio Insieme”, looking closely the progress of these young athletes, looking for improvements in the movement coordination, in their self-awareness or more simply in daily life.
“Soccer can be a vital tool to help children with mental disabilities to develop yourself – explains Patrizia Minocchi, president of ASD Calcio Integrato-. This magical tool, the ball, has already yielded the first results, the children are learning to relate with the others.”»