Show Notes

Discover what’s possible when skills are transferred off the court. 

Lisa Pugliese-LaCroix is a Speech-Language Pathologist, a former collegiate tennis player, and the Founder and CEO of Love Serving Autism, a non-profit organization that provides specialized therapeutic tennis instruction for individuals with autism. Love Serving Autism’s mission is to expand life skills, increase community inclusion, and promote independence for individuals on the spectrum. 

In this conversation, we discuss: 

  • How Lisa fuses tennis and speech therapy 

  • Benefits of playing tennis for autistic individuals 

  • Strategies and accommodations to help her students succeed 

  • What she’s learned about the autistic population from teaching tennis 

  • Adapting services online due to the pandemic 

  • Advice for parents interested in tennis for their autistic children 

For more information about Lisa and her work, please visit


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