Building A Healthy & Happy Lifestyle: Sports & Recreation For Children With Special Needs
Studies have shown that children with special needs face the same obesity risks as other children but have a larger set of factors that affect and may limit the types of foods they eat or activities they participate in. Some of these factors include:
- Having a more complex relationship with food
- Barriers to Exercise
- Family Stress
- Genetic Disorders
- Perceived Risk of Participating In Too “Difficult” or Too “Dangerous” Activities
These barriers are tough to break but are important to help children with special needs learn how to be active and healthy from a young. Learning good habits early on can set the children up for a healthier adult life.
In addition to eating healthy, sports and recreational activities are integral for children with special needs. Sports and recreational activities help with improvements in muscle strength, coordination, flexibility, increased endurance and motor skills. In addition, sports programs are great activities to help build self-confidence and build friendships that last a lifetime. Participating in sports allows athletes with special needs the opportunity to feel part of a team, winning, and gain personal satisfaction with their progress.
At Be The Best Sport, we offer sports and recreational activities for children with special needs that focus on exposing the athletes to the world of sports and to help develop and strengthen their motor, cognitive, and social abilities. Our athletes have the opportunity to learn the basics of each sport, through a hands-on multi-sensory approach. The program helps facilitate the building of sport skills, confidence, self-esteem, and sportsmanship, while meeting the needs of each individual. Our motto is to “Have FUN, make FRIENDS and always leave with a SMILE” and is what motivates us each week to provide a great experience that our athletes will remember for a lifetime.
Our organization strives to adapt traditional athletic activities to accommodate children with various types of special needs. We have programs that offer 1-to-1 assistance for those athletes who require more attention and support to remain on task as well as programs for athletes who want to compete in a team setting and play against other athletes his/her own age in a competitive setting.
Over the years, we have seen many of our athlete’s make substantial progress in a physical aspect but also in other aspects of life. Parents regularly say that their son/daughter has an increase in appetite and improved sleeping habits as well as having more energy which will help cope with stress or anxiety that may come about.
To learn more about Be The Best Sport, or any of the programs we offer, please visit our website at: www.BeTheBestSport.org or call us at 516.453.0990