Special Olympics Ontario has recently started an Active Start and Fundamentals program in East Toronto for children.
Active Start is a program aimed at children 2-6 years of age with an intellectual disability (ID). When children with an ID receive early instruction in basic motor skills and have the opportunity to experience ‘play,’ there is improvement in their physical, social and cognitive abilities.
FUNdamentals is a program aimed at children 7-12 years of age with an intellectual disability. The program is a follow-up to the Active Start program and includes more sport specific related skills that will contribute to future sport participation.
Both programs aim to educate parents and caregivers about the value of sport in their child’s life and expand their networks and support systems.