Children with intellectual disabilities who took part in Young Athletes programming developed motor skills more than twice as fast as others who did not take part. Research indicates the benefits of this program persisted consistently after the program ended; at 5 and 10-month follow-up intervals, children who participated maintained a 4-month advantage in development in key areas of human and motor development.
Social, emotional and learning skills
Young athletes help build self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Parents and teachers of children who took part in the Young Athletes curriculum said the children learned skills that they will use in pre-primary school. These skills will continue to benefit children in family, community, and school activities.
Family members say that participation in Young Athletes programming raised their hopes for their child’s future, increased understanding, as well as inspired them to higher expectations about their child’s capabilities.
Young Athletes programming helps children develop important movement and basic sport skills. This fun and exciting learning experience prepares them to participate in sports when they are older.
Inclusive play helps children without a disability better understand and accept others. It also creates a community of support for parents and caregivers of children with ID.