There’s no question that for children with physical disabilities, sports participation can be a challenge. Kids may have limited mobility and/or tire more easily than their non-disabled peers. At DEWA we understand that they may need special equipment or other assistance (such as specially trained coaches, teachers, or guides) to participate in exercise and sports. And we provide all these facilities to our students given the right help, children with physical disabilities can participate in almost any sport or exercise including basketball, dance, skiing, swimming, and so much more.
Dedicated parents, physical therapists, teachers, and community members, not to mention kids and adults with disabilities have created many sports programs for kids with special needs or worked to make sure they can be included in programs designed for children without physical challenges. It’s a matter of creativity and understanding the abilities of the child.
Just about any sport or activity can be altered to give special needs children the cardiovascular, flexibility, and strength-training benefits that allow kids to stay healthy and fit. Children in a wheelchair, for instance, can play basketball or tennis. Children without the use of limbs or those with mental disabilities can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of other sports like basketball, tennis, archery etc. Swimming is very safe and really beneficial to such students. There is less chance of an injury due to lack of impact and keeps the heart rate elevated.
We have excellent sporting facilities, including large swimming pools and trainers to suit the needs of special children.
Sports and activities especially good for special needs children and offered by DEWA are:
Swimming has a myriad of benefits for all children, but learning to swim is particularly beneficial for children with special needs. Generally speaking, there are three major goals for a swim program designed for special needs children:
Boosting physical activity levels
Teaching a lifesaving skill
Physical Benefits of Learning to Swim:
For children of any ability level, the pool can be a fun and relaxing environment to exercise their bodies. With each kick or stroke, water resistance helps to build muscle tone and strength. Even more important for children with disabilities, the process of learning to swim helps with balance, coordination, and the development of motor skills. As children learn to float and then move through the water, they are isolating muscle groups and learning how to coordinate different motions in order to achieve a physical goal.
Table tennis is often referred to as a “brain sport” because it activates the different parts of the brain and stimulates increased awareness. It makes you more alert, mentally sharp and improves focus and decision-making. What makes table tennis so beneficial for mental health is that it sharpens motor functions, improves long-term memory and fine-motor control. You are forced to concentrate and focus on the game as it is very unpredictable and is played at a high speed, which requires a lot of physical and mental agility. Playing table tennis is also good for hand-eye coordination, which improves the functioning of the cerebellum and the motor cortex for special children. For these reasons, table tennis is considered good for children who have conditions such as autism, dyslexia and ADHD. It can be used to detect early signs of these disorders in small children as well.
Badminton can be easily adapted to fit the activity needs of students with disabilities it is important to focus on individual improvement and personal best of their ability. The classroom environment needs to be set up where everyone can play and enjoy learning and participating. It is vital that students with a disability have the same opportunities to be exposed to individual, dual, and team sports in middle through high school, so they can enjoy intramural leagues and community recreation programs. Learning sports and activities for backyard use with family and friends is just as important too.
Martial arts are great for the children with special needs because they are just an “art.” It includes self-expression and a competition against themselves rather than others. Other benefits include:
At DEWA Classes are typically scheduled once a week at the same time and moves within the practices include a lot of repetition. Martial arts promote respect in the practices and self-respect (keeping uniforms crisp and clean is one of them). Remembering each move requires complete focus, which improves concentration. Like many sports, martial arts help children excel physically. It gives better internal and external mind balance. While martial arts are serious practices, the exercises are also fun to learn. There may not be trophies like in some sports, but there is personal gratification in succeeding in certain levels of martial arts and graduating to the next level. In some of them, a new belt color is great.
Racing and Walking Tracks:
Walking and racing for children based on the level of their disability leads to better overall fitness and improved cognitive health. Children are able to better control their weight. It gives them a Healthier bone density. Brisk walking plays an important part in improving emotional and psychological health. At DEWA we have a very good walking track and children who excel participate in various competitions, which increase their self-esteem.
The game demands quick reflexes, fast thinking, and pinpoint passing. It is a great skill developer. Futsal uses a smaller, heavier, low bounce ball. Ground control and first touch are essential to success in the game. The game is played on a hard court.
It is more technical than physical. Futsal rules encourage technical play and do not permit the aggressive physical play that soccer allows. This helps the special children in developing their mental abilities.it has more of everything that kids love.More shooting, more goals, and more action! Players rotate positions throughout the game, so every player is 100% involved in every game. Futsal is not soccer. The rules are different, the court is different, and the ball is different. Players get a break from outdoor soccer, while still enhancing their soccer skills.
Special needs kids have a wide variety of developmental needs, and basketball programs for these kids are usually designed with certified teachers and coaches who can work closely with each child to teach him or her fundamental skills of the game. From basics like dribbling to more advanced skills like blocking and free-throws, special needs kids will be met at their level and aided in progressing through skills on the court. In some cases, special needs kids are paired with a peer or staff mentor who can demonstrate by example and provide even more individualized support. Rules of play are modified, which provides needed accommodations and enables fair play while still teaching the fundamentals of the sport.
Tennis can be adapted for any level of ability, as well as for players with different disabilities. It can be adapted to make it easier, slower, and simpler to participate in. It is also a great sport to play too, with proven physical and mental health benefits for disabled people.
All the equipment and aids required are available at DEWA and are given to the students to give the sport a go. There are sports wheelchairs for the physical disability and require the use of a wheelchair.
Archery is a sport accessible to just about everyone with a disability, including the partial visually impaired. While it is not only fun to challenge you to hitting the target, it’s also physically beneficial, increasing body strength, focus, flexibility, and attention skills.