Here are some simple tips for coaches to ensure that children who have challenges with their thinking skills or intellectual disabilities, can play NAB AFL Auskick.
Start with easy activities with as few rules as possible and as the kids start to pick up the flow of the activity, then you can introduce more rules.
Slow down an activity the first few times it’s played so kids have time to learn.
Some kids might need the instructions to be repeated or even simplified.
Break things down into small parts. Learning a skill might require coaches to break it down into smaller, simpler parts and then put it all together.
Use extra repetitions. Some kids might just need more practice. Allow and encourage them to do more repetitions – more repitions than other players, in fact – so that they may learn.
Remember, every child has the right to play sport, particularly our great game of AFL footy. Including children with disabilities is not hard; it just takes understanding.