Presentation on theme: "TOPSoccer Coaching Tips for Kids with Autism By: Sharie Landsverk"— Presentation transcript:
TOPSoccer Coaching Tips for Kids with Autism By: Sharie Landsverk firstname.lastname@example.org
Autism in a Nutshell Information processing disorder Neurological difference Unmotivated to seek out uncertainty Competence is the motivator they need
The Coaches Mission Gross motor skills Teamwork skills Competence, competence, competence!
Benefits of TOPSoccer Someday may play soccer on a typical team Not picked on in PE class Interest in soccer may help them fit in Put a big smile on their face Great exercise Builds Confidence Better cooperation with others Improved Quality of Life
Competence, Competence, Competence ! Plenty of chances to make goals Capture success before adding more difficulty to drills.
Introduce Silliness: Celebrate every success Chants and sound effects Exaggerate facial expressions Exaggerate body language Give them something too look at Create the desire, instead of making commands
Reduce the Stress Routines Uncertainty can be painful Structure can provide comfort Productively, slowly increase demands Visual schedule
Showing instead of telling Less words are better Language is difficult Sound effects and chants Gently guide them Your turn my turn Side by side
Declarative Language Avoid asking questions Avoid making demands Make Statements Make Comments Fewer words Slow down when waiting for a response
Motivation Success creates motivation Make a bid deal about everything Let’s do that again! Use special interests Try different things Keep using what works Motivation is the key to success
Teamwork Team concept is difficult Emphasize success of other players Encourage them to celebrate each others success Colored jerseys, red team – blue team
The Big Picture Many are visual learners Older typical kids are great role models to play with and against our kids Suggest parents rent kids soccer movies Suggest parents watch sports channel soccer games Soccer video games