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E-Sports and Children’s Physical, Cognitive and Social Dimensions of Health

I have been coming to E-Soccer consistently for at least four years. I do it because I know that the program is a unique way to guide children in their development and to the amazing people they are meant to become. I am a recent graduate with a degree in Kinesiology and through volunteering I have learned that E-Soccer touches the lives of children with special needs by improving their physical, cognitive and social dimensions of health.


Physical

Through E-Soccer, children with autism get the opportunity to participate in an organized sporting event where experienced coaches patiently teach them to enhance their motor skills. This is an important tool, since children with special needs typically develop their motor skills at a much slower pace than typically children. As a result of motor delay, children with special needs have a high tendency to feel discouraged of their slow progress compared to a typical child. In E-Soccer we help these children adapt to their pace by including them in games, activities, and working one-on-one if necessary.

 

Cognitive

While some people wonder what the impact of E-soccer is in cognitive development, it has been seen through research that physical activity actually improves participation and focus in children with special needs. This development in cognition is essential in classrooms, since a child with maladaptive behavior disrupts the class and cannot learn.

 

Social

Finally, E-Soccer is beneficial for children with special needs because it is a great opportunity for children to develop their social skills. Since autism is known to affect a person’s communication skills, it is important for these things to be developed through playing sports and exercising together. In fact, studies show that inclusive physical activities between typical and special needs kids increase the chance of a child being physically active. In my own experience as a coach in E-Soccer, I have seen the friendship between a typical and special need child blossom as they grow older. It is where typical children grow up to learn to have compassion, and where special needs children get the opportunity to have a friend and be encouraged to be physically active.