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Different Speeds and Different Needs: How to Teach Sports to Every Kid / Edition 1

Different Speeds and Different Needs: How to Teach Sports to Every Kid / Edition 1

by Gary BarberGary Barber
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Involvement in sports can be an empowering and enriching experience for all children. But how can children with different learning needs and physical abilities break through barriers and stereotypes on the playing field to find acceptance and success? This comprehensive guide shows K-12 teachers and coaches how to establish, revamp, and sustain inclusive sports programs that benefit students with a wide range of special needs and challenges. Drawing on the most current research and best practices in education and social-emotional development, this book empowers readers to recognize their students' unique strengths and challenges and provide appropriate encouragement and support. Teachers and coaches working in educational and community recreation settings will learn how to create sports environments where all children thrive assess emotional and social competence to ensure that children are ready for sports change attitudes that inhibit participation or make a child feel excluded promote good sportsmanship to enhance character development of children with or without disabilities use universal design principles to teach sports to people with different needs become more effective coaches by following essential tips and examples and avoiding common coaching pitfalls Each chapter ends with a 4-part checklist that helps readers immediately put the suggested strategies to use, and abundant illustrative examples and insightful quotes from children, parents, and coaches bring the book's powerful message to life. With this positive, motivating book written by an expert who's also the father of two children with autism teachers and coaches will have the clear guidance they need to develop inclusive sports programs where all children join in the fun.

Editorial Reviews

John P. Price

"Helps teachers think through ideas that will make physical education a challenging and affirming place for all students . . . provides an excellent entry point into curricular adaptations in physical education, and all other non-core curricular areas."

The Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

"An excellent resource…The information is practical, nicely organized, and will help both parents and coaches create more successful and meaningful youth sports experiences for children with disabilities."

psychologist, Victoria, B.C. - Martha F. Keller

"Reflects an unusual sensitivity and compassion for children, and a profound respect for their differences . . . should be a core reference for anyone providing support or services to children with special needs."

Mary Louise Witoski

"An invaluable book and highly recommended; whether you are a parent, teacher, or coach, you will be touched."

Professor, Adapted Physical Education - Kinesiology Program, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, Charlott - Martin E. Block

"A welcome addition to the field of adapted physical education and youth sports . . . provide[s] concrete information on how to include children with disabilities."

University of New Mexico - Veronica M. Moore

"An absolute must read for anyone involved in athletic or coaching fields. Wonderful, useful tips for working with all kids in sports and new insight on what inclusive health and wellness should look like in the schools and community."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598571004
Publisher: Brookes Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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