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5 Ways to Communicate with a Nonverbal Child at E-Sports

“Just because a person can’t speak doesn’t mean they have nothing to say.” A very important reminder from a parent of a nonverbal child.   Communication is a basic human need but doesn’t happen in the same ways with every…
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Coming Soon!..."Coaching Tip Tuesdays"

We're excited to announce the start of the "Coaching Tip Tuesday" series! Starting on Tuesday, May 10th, we will begin releasing a one-minute video coaching tip every other week here on e-sports.org. Topics such as the "Four E's" of being a…

Become a Great E-Sports Coach - The Four E's

  Energize - maintaining high energy from start to finish keeps your players captivated and attentive to what you're teaching! Engage - change the tone and inflection of your voice, ask questions and be interested in your players…
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Stretching Secrets!

It's no secret that stretching is good for our health; in fact, one of the first things we often think about when trying to get in better shape is to start stretching. These quick tips will help start that process! Be Warm! Stretching cold…

Engage!

As coaches, we must constantly engage our players so that they are engrossed in the drills and game rather than distracted. Here are a few tips for newer coaches on keeping your players, typical or with special needs, engaged: Don't worry…

Encourage!...The Power of Rewards

All kids have their own unique bent on what encourages them. As a coach working one-on-one with a child, find out what unique reward(s) motivate the child. For instance, kids on the autistic spectrum who are "sensory seeking" tend to like something…

The "Just-Right" Challenge

Kids get motivated by a challenge, like to be stretched, and are inspired when they feel the coach has great expectations of them. In all your drills, you should be looking to challenge your players to keep going beyond. Drills become boring…

Energize...Captivate!

In a world of massive media captivation for kids, the coaches who work hardest at captivating will be the ones winning the day at motivating. All kids become bored, inattentive, and "slouchy" quickly when drills are hum-drum, rote and routine.…
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Quick Reference: Coaching a Child With Down Syndrome

Down syndrome is the result of an additional chromosome 21. It is the most common cause of the developmental disability. Down syndrome is associated with a range of developmental difficulties which include delayed motor skills (such as sitting,…

Quick Reference: Coaching a Child With ADD / ADHD

Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) is characterized by developmentally inappropriate impulsivity, attention, and in some cases, hyperactivity. AD/HD is a neurobiological disorder that affects three-to-five percent of school-age…