Many parents of children with special needs recommend connecting with other parents whose children have intellectual disabilitiesYou’ll find comfort and support in talking to other parents who understand what you’re going through. Another parent of a special needs child — especially one with more experience — can also provide you with helpful information and advice. So join Family Support Network.
young Athletes™ is a unique sport and play program for children with intellectual disabilities. The focus is on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth.Children ages 2 1/2 to 7 enjoy games and activities that develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Young Athletes is an early introduction to sports and to the world of Special Olympics. The children learn new things, play and have lots of fun!
• LubnaNawazEngaging Families of Young Athletes
AgendaFamily Adaptation.Programs that can improved outcomes for all.Benefits.
Family AdaptationHaving a child with a disability forces families to make adjustment in all aspect of life.A primary goal of young athlete programs is to help parents successfully adapt.Expecting programs to demonstrate benefit for families.Using SOP as the foundation for all that we do.
• Improved coordination and strength• Increased self-confidence and awareness of self-worth• Introduction to sport and preparation for training andcompetitionBenefits For Athletes• Provides opportunity to share in the success of theirfuture athlete• Introduction to resources, programs, and supportavailable through Special OlympicsBenefits to Families