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2 Special Olympics Texas Movement Paradigm Shift Traditional Special Olympics Programs Inclusive Unified Sports Programs 1

3 Young Athlete Program Training Tim Shriver, President and CEO Special Olympics International 2

4 Miniature Tree 3 The Japanese Bonsai Tree

5 Giant Sequoia Tree The General Sherman 4

6 Motor Skills Emphasized Foundational Skills/Advanced Skills Walking - Running Balance - Jumping Trapping - Catching Throwing - Striking Kicking Nutritional Learning Activities 5

7 Sports Play Program Consists of physical activities to develop fundamental motor tracking and eye-hand coordination. Concentrates on applying the skills learned through these activities in preparation for Special Olympics sports competitions at 8 years old 6

8 Benefits of the Program 7 Socialization (Project Unify: Meet in the Middle) Introductory Phase Coordination and strength building Awareness of self worth and self confidence Introduction to sports and preparation for competitions when they are of age Family support and resources

9 Family Support Network Developed as a result of families seeking to involve their young children in Special Olympics (3 Legged Stool Example) Introduces families to the resources and support available within Special Olympics. Offers families the opportunity to share in the success of their future athlete. 8

10 Three Legged Stool Young Athlete Support Model 9 Equal= Leg Support Family School SOTX Leg Braces = Solid Foundation Cooperation Communication Collaboration

11 10 / storyful. Special Olympics TX Support and Resources YAP Activity Guide ( What Coach) Outlines specific activities for skill building with Instructional DVD YAP Lesson Plans Guide (How Coach) Each district will have access to this Resource Equipment and/or ideas for equipment substitutions (YA Program Kit, Ribbons, T-Shirts) SOTX Area Support/Chapter Staff Note! Added Nutritional Resources Supplement

12 11 / storyful. Young Athletes Activity Guide Key Goals Engage Children with ID Through Developmentally and Appropriate Play Activities That Foster Physical, Cognitive and Social Development Welcome Family Members of Children with ID to Special Olympics Network of Support Raise Awareness About Abilities of Children with ID *Through Inclusive Peer Participation, Demonstration and Other Events

13 Young Athlete Activity Guide Contents 1. The Activity Guide Provides Basic Instruction for Leading Activities, Recommends Equipment and Gives Tips for Leaders 2. Review Activities Before You Start and Make Sure You Have the Proper Equipment 3. Visit the Website: for More 12

14 13 / storyful. Young Athletes Lesson Plan Guide Key Elements of Motor Skills Development The Skills 1. Manipulative Skills - the ability to receive, handle, control or propel an object with hands, feet or an instrument 2. Transport Skills – enable a person to move from one point to another 3. Balance Skills – are necessary to maintain and control body position and posture while at rest or in motion (static and dynamic)

15 14 / storyful. Young Athletes Lesson Plan Guide Components Activity Characteristics and Objectives Introduction of the Activity Warm-Up Prior to Activity Individual Skill Development Phase Specific Skill Used in Games and Activities Cool Down and Nutrition Break Teaching Moment

16 The Rainbow Ribbon 15 Why?

17 16 / storyful. Young Athlete Program Nutrition Guide Information Brave in the attemptBrave in the attempt Eating habits start EARLYEating habits start EARLY Generation to generationGeneration to generation Rare opportunityRare opportunity

18 Melinda M. Manore, PhD, RD, CSSD; Nanna Meyer, PhD, RD, CSSD; Janice L. Thompson, PhD, RD, FACSM

19 18 / storyful. Young Athlete Program Nutritional Information Example Lesson Plan: Focus: Good vs. “other” foods. More nutritious foods fuel you more effectively. What we eat and drink is our energy source (just as gasoline is to a car). Activity: Healthy Hula Hoop Hop Scotch Handouts

20 19 / storyful. What Will The Young Athletes Program Look Like Students work on skills as part of their school day. These skills may be in line with the students ’ IEP goals/objectives. One to two times per year there will be a culminating activity (Future Stars Sports Day) where students demonstrate the skills they have learned. Families are invited to watch and participate with their child. Participation ribbons will be presented.

21 20 / storyful. The Future Stars Sports Day Event Event Organization Typical CycleThemed Cycle “Winter Wonderland” Veggie/Fruit Relay RaceSimulated Ice Skating Swing for the FenceSled Ride Penguin Bowling Bean Bag Toss/Ball CatchHockey Slap Shot Scoring Balance Beam WalkHole in the Ice Fishing Jumping the BroomBring Penelope the Polar Bear Home Tunnel CrawlGiant Snow Ball Kick Kick Ball ScoringSave Sammy the Baby Seal

22 21 / storyful. Young Athlete Program Kit Contents EquipmentAlternativeEquipmentAlternative Balance BeamRope/TapeLight Inflatable Ball Any Ball Bean BagsSmall Soft ToysConesBoxes/Plastic Soda Bottles Large Plastic Blocks Foam Blocks/Wooden Blocks Dowels RodsYardsticks/Paper Towel Rolls Floor MarkersPlacemats/TapeHoopsHula Hoops PaddleShort StickScarfUnused Garbage Bags Slow Motion BallAny BallSmall Foam BallAny Ball

23 22 / storyful. Teacher Responsibilities 1.Fill out SOTX Class A Volunteer Application Form. 1.Complete SO General Orientation and Protective Behaviors online (which includes quiz) or in class if available. 1.Send parent letter home with students (Typical Student Letter Where Appropriate) 1.Obtain parental consent with release form returned. 1.Fill out rosters with athlete information. 1.Submit rosters to Your Area Directors. 1.HAVE FUN!

24 23 / storyful. General Orientation and Protective Behaviors Instructions Go to Click on Get Involved. Click on Volunteer Opportunities. Click on Coaching. Click on General Orientation and Protective Behaviors on right side of screen. Follow directions for completion and submission.

25 24 / Special Olympics Program Name

26 25 / storyful. State Director of Outreach and Families Mike R. Sullivan 7715 Chevy Chase Drive Suite 120 Austin, TX 78752 (512) 491-2958 (phone) (512) 835-7756 (fax)

27 Speechless 26

28 27 Young Athlete Program Future Stars Sports Day Event Typical Cycle of Activities Sample Activities #1 Through # 7

29 Activity # 1 Veggie and Fruit Relay Race 28

30 Activity # 2 Swing for the Fence 29

31 Activity # 3 Catch and Throw 30

32 Activity # 4 Balance Beam Walk 31

33 Activity # 5 Jump the Broom 32

34 Activity # 6 Tunnel Crawl 33

35 Activity # 7 Kick Ball Field Goal 34

36 That’s All Folks!!!!!

37 Winter Wonderland Fantasy Adventure For Young Athletes Future Stars Fun Day Activities

38 Young Athletes Program Winter Wonderland Themed Future Stars Sports Day Activities 1 Through 8


40 Activity # 2 Sled Ride Penguin Bowling

41 Activity # 3 Ice Fishing 500,000 Downloadable PowerPoint Templates, Animated Clip Art, Backgrounds and Videos

42 Activity # 5 Giant Snowball Kick Scoring

43 Activity # 6 Bring Penelope the Polar Bear Home

44 Activity # 7 Ice Hockey Slap Shot

45 Activity # 8 Save Sammy the Seal

46 Other Themes: Winter Wonderland Theme Jungle Adventure Surf’s Up Luau Celebration Lost In Space


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