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ERIC Number: EJ948313
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Asperger's Syndrome Should Not Eliminate Kids from Youth Sports
Buzby, Jon
Exceptional Parent, v41 n6 p16-17 Jun 2011
Playing youth sports can be overwhelming for children regardless of age or athletic ability. But add to the equation a disorder that is becoming more and more prevalent in today's society and the experience can go beyond overwhelming. In fact, it can be downright traumatic--for athlete and coach. The saying is true, that no two children are alike. But when coaching kids one can usually find similarities and tendencies between kids within a certain age group. Two kids the same age with Asperger's syndrome are not only different, but the degree of difference between them can be significant. Like all parents, those raising children with Asperger's want them to participate in all areas and activities of life whenever possible, and this includes youth sports. For some parents, getting their child involved with a Special Olympics program is the answer. But for others, who want their child integrated with other children without disabilities, the typical youth sports teams can still be a viable option. However, while every league is open to children with Asperger's, or any disability for that matter, the challenge comes when, unlike in a special school setting or on a Special Olympics team, a volunteer is faced with having to coach a child with Asperger's. And most have no idea where to begin. As a youth sports coach, the author suggests that parents let the coach know if there is anything "different" about their child the coach should know about, and if there is, what suggestions they might have to help the coach better communicate with their child, which hopefully leads to a positive impact on the child's experience during practices and games.
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Language: English
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