Special Olympics Active Start and FUNdamentals school programs are the first of their kind in Canada. They provide specific training and educational opportunities for children/youth with a developmental/intellectual disability and their classmates, many of whom do not have any other avenues for structured physical fitness.
The programs are built on the rationale that, when children with a developmental/intellectual disability receive early instruction in basic motor skills and developmentally appropriate play, there is an excellent opportunity for improvement in their physical, social, and cognitive abilities.
These programs provide the necessary tools for Teachers to foster their Special Education Students’ Physical Literacy Goals.
The programs are available to any classroom, FREE of charge; that has students with a developmental/intellectual disability that will be taking part in the program.
The programs include:
• A specialized equipment kit from Flaghouse (valued at over $500.00)
• Lesson plans specific for use with the contents of the equipment kit
• Teacher education/support from Special Olympics Saskatchewan
• Modifications for small and large groups
• Supplemental activities
If you are interested in receiving these programs for your classroom, please contact Special Olympics Saskatchewan’s Youth Coordinator, Chris Hamilton by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 306 780-9401.
Try It! Camps
If you are interested in these programs, you can schedule a Try It! Camp for your community, classroom, school and/or school division. The Try It! Camp covers all the aspects of both programs, Active Start and FUNdamentals, in an hour of activity, learning, and fun. Each participant will leave the camp with a certificate of completion that also works as a benchmark of their abilities at that time – and it’s FREE! Book it for your special days, PLC days, institute or convention days or just a day when you want to see if these programs can work with your students.
Give it a go!