As society in Australia becomes more inclusive, so will our schools, workplaces and sporting clubs.
Special Olympics Australia has developed an online learning hub that will help you grow and enhance your skills and ability to interact with people with intellectual disabilities and autism, and provide them with greater sporting opportunities.
SOA Learn provides a platform designed to help teachers, mentors and coaches improve the delivery of sport and physical activity for people with an intellectual disability and autism.
NEW COURSE – An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
Special Olympics Australia have released a new FREE online learning course called An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
This course provides an overview of ASD and explains some practical strategies that coaches, teachers, volunteers and anyone working with people on the autism spectrum can use to create safe, welcoming and engaging sporting programs. Most importantly though, the course provides an invaluable insight into the sporting experiences of people on the autism spectrum, told by people living with the condition themselves.
Although not everyone with ASD has an intellectual disability, Special Olympics Australia in conjunction with Special Olympics International is leading the world in supporting people with Autism.
This course will provide you with an overview of ASD, how athletes with ASD experience sport and some important practical strategies you can implement into your coaching.
Sign up here for access to the course.
ONLINE COACH COURSE – Improving sport for people with intellectual disability
Developed using current research and methodology from world leading sporting bodies, this course will support coaches, teachers, parents, athletes, volunteers and administrators in school communities and local sporting clubs to assist people with an intellectual disability to get active and involved in sport.
This course will cover important theoretical concepts and challenge you to apply what you learn directly into your coaching environment. The course also provides a unique insight into the perspective of people with intellectual disabilities.
The coaching course is free. Sign up here for access to Special Olympics Australia’s online coaching course.
SOA ACTIVITY CARDS
Special Olympics Australia has based our Activity Cards on the Playing for Life philosophy which adopts a ‘game sense’ approach to coaching. This allows participants to learn and develop skills through games rather than drills.
Developed in partnership with Sport Australia, there are six different types of games (warm up, invasion, movement, net and court, striking and fielding and target) that apply to all the sports in the Special Olympics Australia catalogue. Each activity can be modified to suit the available playing area and equipment. Some key features of game sense coaching include:
The Coaches' Guide provides further information on how to best use the SOA Activity Cards, including tips on how to deliver sport and physical activity to people of all abilities.
These resources are free. Sign up here for access to Special Olympics Australia’s Activity Cards and Coaches’ Guide.
STILL MORE TO COME!
SOA Learn is growing to become a community of learning. Each year we will launch more courses that help Australia become more confident in delivering inclusive sports programs. In addition to online learning opportunities we will host discussion groups and develop useful resources that will support coaches, teachers, parents, athletes, volunteers and administrators in increasing the physical activity of people with intellectual disabilities and autism.
Sign up here for free access to SOA Learn and keep updated with best practice information for the delivery of sport and physical activity to Australians with intellectual disabilities and autism.
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