ACEing Autism meets kids where they are

A new program geared toward children with autism “meets them where they are,” Margate special education teacher Lisa Drexler said. The program developed in Massachusetts in 2008 teaches children ages 5-18 how to play tennis. “The adaptive curriculum helps with attention span and allows children to get involved in a sport,” she said. Read Full…

Nonprofit ACEing Autism connects kids through tennis

On the hard court surface, it looks like any other tennis clinic, and that’s exactly by design. ACEing Autism is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization born to connect kids through tennis. And for both the teens it serves and the peers who volunteer, it’s doing just that. “When we’re all on the court, the neurodiversity kind…

Local tennis program brings lessons to all

In 2012, Arcadians Chadwick and Elana Campbell spent some time in England. While there, their children took tennis lessons with an Australian coach named Matt Sunter. They were so impressed with Sunter’s techniques that they decided to bring them back to the U.S. and open a program called International Junior Performance (IJP) Tennis. Read Full…

Danville teens help autistic children learn tennis

Fifteen students from Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley high schools helped coach tennis to students on the autism spectrum. The six-week program is run through the nonprofit ACEing Autism, a nonprofit that aims to help children on the spectrum grow, develop and benefit from social connections and fitness through affordable tennis programming. Read Full…