Teaching autistic children how to play football and improve their skills is a huge passion of ours and one of the most satisfying experiences we are privileged to have as a coaches.
With three kids of his own on the autism spectrum, our Head Coach Lee is acutely aware of the daily struggles autistic children have trying to do the things that a lot of us find simple and he loves the challenge of adapting his coaching methods to find new ways of helping them because every single one has a completely different personality and way of learning.
What a lot of people don't often comprehend is that these amazing children can often figure out how to do things much quicker than everyone else and their attention to detail and need for routine make them the perfect candidates for 1-2-1 coaching with a someone who properly understands their condition.
Below are casestudies of two high-functioning autistic children Lee recently worked with that highlight how, with a bit of commitment, anyone regardless of their ability level can quickly develop new motor skills that will help them not only to play football, but also in day to day life.
This young lady has been diagnosed with Aspergers and struggles with her balance and coordination along with anxiety and a general lack of confidence.
When Lee first started training her she was also a complete beginner so he decided that, before introducing a football he would teach her how to use an agility ladder so that she could get her brain and her feet in sync.
The video below was taken after 5 minutes of explaining the technique and a couple of practises on day 1, and then again on day 5.
We literally only spent 10 minutes each day working on the ladder and the results were amazing.
They highlight just how quickly, with the proper instruction, autistic children can learn fundamental skills...
Summer, like so many others, came to us after a bad experience at a previous soccer club had knocked her confidence.
Following a consultation with her dad, Lee discovered that the coaches she'd worked with, despite stating that they'd trained autistic children in the past, didn't seem to have enough patience or knowledge of autism to be able to properly help her and, because of that experience, it was so important to quickly re-light her spark.
Along with the dedication and commitment of her dad we were able to achieve this is no time at all.
Lee has now worked with Summer for about 3 months and she's progressed at an astounding rate.
Every time he see's her she's mastered the tricks and skills they worked on in the previous session and she is always keen to show them off
She's just another example of the incredible learning capabilities of a child on the autism spectrum!
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