The National Sports Organization Special Olympics Slovakia has prepared the Young Athletes Day event.
She presented the Young Athletes exercise program, which is intended for children from 2 to 12 years of age with intellectual disabilities, ie with Down syndrome, with a diagnosis of autism and for children with special educational needs.
Young athletes are a unique exercise program that develops basic skills such as walking, running, eliminating, jumping, gripping, catching, throwing, bounces, shots and kicking. Practicing all the exercises in the program helps parents and coaches to find out what kind of sport a child with an intellectual disability has physical prerequisites.
Also, this exercise program shows which skills the child likes more and which less, which is an important indicator for choosing a suitable sport for the future.
“Our goal is to reach children with intellectual disabilities at a young age, regularity of sports movement. The development of physical abilities subsequently improves cognitive abilities, which we constantly point out. Our effort is to make the sport of children with intellectual disabilities visible, because they also have the right to sports. which is forgotten in many ways, “ stated in a press release Dominika Nestarcová, President of the Special Olympics Slovakia.
The Special Olympics Slovakia certified 20 new coaches in the Young Athletes training program. “Today, we have become one of the many certified coaches who are active around the world. Thanks to training and practical exercises with children with special educational needs, we have shifted our knowledge of Physical Education management, methodology and, of course, offer children the joy of sports. “ announced Linda Jančiová, a teacher from the Special Primary School on Žehrianská Street in Bratislava.
“It is a great pleasure for us that this program is possible in Slovakia thanks to the organization of the Special Olympics for the fourth year. Our practical experience we offered another manual of the training program Young Athletes to the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sports “Primary schools attended by children with special educational needs. We believe that the next school year will be available at all special schools.” Eva said Gažová, National Director of the Special Olympics Slovakia.