Active Start (ages 2-6)
Active Start is one of three youth programs offered by Special Olympics Prince Edward Island for youth with an intellectual disability, along with FUNdamentals (for children ages 7 to 12) and our new Youth Multi Sport (for youth ages 8-21). This fun program uses colorful activities and movements in a close setting. Children learn basic motor skills in small groups, helping them to grow and become more confident in their movements. Program leaders introduce children to the world of sport by developing fundamental movement skills like walking, running, jumping and balancing. These skills provide support for everyday activities as well as a base for Special Olympics sports training and competition as athletes grow older. Parents / guardians work one-on-one with their child while being led by a head coach. Programs run once a week for one hour.
The rationale behind Active Start is that when children with an intellectual disability receive early instruction in basic motor skills and have the opportunity to experience ‘play,’ there is improvement in their physical, social and cognitive abilities. Active Start provides lessons for young athletes to learn about running, kicking, throwing and jumping, but then builds on these experiences from the gym and provides caregivers educational information and resources that allows them to offer similar opportunities in the home environment.
If you or someone you know is interested in our youth programs please contact SOPEI, by calling 902-368-8919 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register your child with Special Olympics, please CLICK HERE for updated Registration Processes and Resources. More information for potential new athletes can also be found on our Athletes page. If you don't see a program that works for you, please contact us directly to discuss starting up a new program.