Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Benefit of Sports for Children with Special Needs

By Steve Flores from the Special Education Advisor

My name is Steve Flores and I would like to share with you my experiences in coaching children with special needs. I’ve run a soccer program for kids with special needs for the last 11 years. In that time, the program has grown from just a few children to over 60 kids. One of the reasons I think the kids keep coming back to play is the benefits they get from participating in a sport. As the parent of a child with special needs, I know how consuming life can be attending to our kids requirements. We spend so much time worrying about their IEP’s, special diets, etc. that sometimes we might overlook a key part of our child’s development. Kids with special needs can benefit just as much from a youth sports program than any mainstream child. Sports build self esteem, something that I feel is important to any child’s development. Numerous times I’ve had parents tell me how much their child has grown socially over the course of just one season.

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