YOUNG ATHLETE PROGRAM

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What does every child want? The chance to kick a ball, to throw it well, to share that success with family members. What does every child with an intellectual disability want? The exact same thing.

Young Athletes™ is a unique sport and play program for children ages 2 to 7 with intellectual disabilities. Our focus is on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth.

 



Children enjoy games and activities that develop motor skills like balance, flexibility, strength and coordination. In fact, in a recent study, children with developmental delays who participated in a structured 8-week Young Athletes program showed significantly more motor development than those who did not participate. Not only that, but their teachers and parents also reported improved confidence, language skills and social skills. After participating, involved families reported that they played more together at home and in the community.

Young Athletes is easy to get started, fun for all, and a great way to boost confidence and expectations. It can be offered at home, in schools, or in the community using Special Olympics resources, and simple sports equipment. Like all our programs, Young Athletes raises awareness and promotes inclusion and acceptance.

 

For more information on how to get involved, volunteer, or support this program, email Leeanne Jones, Director of Youth and School Initiatives at youth@specialolympicswy.org, or call her at 307-235-3062.

 

 

“Our infant program loves to give our families the YA kits when their child turns 2.  The kits contain materials that address areas of concerns ranging from gross and fine motor skills, language development, following directions, social emotional development, sensory processing deficits and problem solving skills.  Once the families sign a consent form the kits are theirs to keep and use.  CDC hosts a YA Demo Day in the fall and spring where the children can get together to show off their skills and have fun.” ~Kelly Dailey BS, ECI, Child Development Center, Casper WY




Register and order your kit today by contacting
:

Leeanne Jones
(307) 235-3062

For more information about Young Athletes click HERE.

 


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