Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Enhancing Social Ability through Leisure

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Enhancing Social Ability through Leisure

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As positive as the Americans with Disabilities Act has been, the lack of social competencies is the greatest barrier to full inclusion for individuals with disabilities. This is due to related communication deficits, as well as, the lack of social training and opportunities for these individuals.

Impact of Research

Research confirms that leisure provides the social linkages needed throughout the lifespan. For those with developmental disabilities, the lack of social linkage restricts learning how to initiate and maintain interactions, as well as the ability to share, cooperate and solve problems with others. A lack of appropriate social interaction skills by persons with developmental disabilities has been found to be caused in part by social isolation, and a lack of effective role modelsvital service domains of park and recreation agencies.

How to Use This Research

When working with persons with developmental disabilities:

1. Strive for balance between initiating and receiving responses.

2. Provide social support that is gradually reduced over time, allowing them to increasingly gain more direct control of their own life situations. …

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