I volunteered basketball coach at the special Olympics New Jersey Sports Complex and through working at different camps and clinics, I met lifestyle change exercises through developing basketball training. Many people assume that children with autism or other disabilities do not have to get acquainted with the skills and concepts needed for basketball. However, I discovered that it is essential to teach autistic children the same skills and concepts as children with disabilities, but in a modified way. As an aspiring college basketball coach, I focus on volunteering for individual skill development, teamwork and communication. These three aspects of basketball are some of the keys to success when teaching sports and it is important to teach children in a young age. As a volunteer I have learned new and innovative ways of teaching individual skill development, teamwork and communication that will help children with autism to develop basketball skills and gain confidence and skills that help create a healthy life.
Individual skill development is the basis for becoming a better basketball player and players can improve their work on their weaknesses and strengthen their strengths through individual skill development. When I work with autistic children, I have experienced as a few children with a disability that players are more likely to concentrate on their strengths and are less interested in defining weaknesses. In addition, players tend to be reluctant to work on skills that may require more development. To overcome this development issue, I use a "quick transition" principle to help children improve on weaknesses or in areas where they are not competent. The "quick transition" principle focuses on the power of the child while quickly moving to a new task that needs more development and finally returns to the player's comfortable zone. If a child with autism gets out of their comfortable zone, it's challenging and exciting to me when that happens. I was successful in implementing this principle and I would suggest to anyone who has the challenge of encouraging autistic children to their basketball weaknesses and strengths to use the 'quick transition' principle. Individual skill development is an important element and a very necessary skill to facilitate teamwork.
Teamwork is the backbone of basketball and all other teams' sports. While it's important for players to improve their individual skills, they all have to play as a team to achieve a general goal. Teamwork is the hardest part of teaching children with autism, but it can be done. The most important thing here is to start presenting a basic concept of two people who work together with a pass, a basket, a defense stop, or another concept of sport. After the players are comfortable to reach the common goal, two people must be moved to a small group by inserting another person into the equation. As soon as they become competent in this area, continue to add other players until they reach the goal of the five-player team that contributes to the overall goal concept. Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University's leading men's basketball coach, is quoted as saying: "The two are better than one, only if two acts are one." This quote assumes teamwork and encourages players to understand the concept of team-working and collaborative teams performing more effectively and efficiently the work that is essential to learning about children with autism. While teamwork is indispensable, teamwork needs to be strengthened in communication.
Basketball communication is one of the things that separates a good team to become a good team. Communication is the voice that will create a team for victory because it creates energy and provides structure and order. Children with autism may have different types of communication deficiencies. For example, I practiced children who communicated well with me with short words and sentences, and others who did not speak at all. When communicating with autistic children, I learned to keep the instructions direct, accurate and repetitive and to show exactly what I want to do. The fact of demonstrating specific skill or concept is a huge help in developing players' skills and seems to enjoy being able to have a leader who reflects and mimics. Of the three keys to success, when basketball is intended for autistic children, communication seems to be the most important factor in the development of a great team and great players.
To sum up, as an aspiring basketball coach, I'm constantly trying to teach and learn new and innovative ways to help players develop. In addition, I am committed to becoming a socially conscientious and solid social athlete. Autistic children need the same love and care as children with disabilities and, if necessary, can participate in physical activity. Basketball is a great way to showcase the concepts of individual skill development, teamwork and communication and help you reach a general goal. The most interesting and interesting aspect of coaching is the satisfaction of being able to train and help different actors. As I help players with different backgrounds and skills, they ultimately help me become a better coach, teacher, mentor, and leader. I hope this article presents some of the key concepts in the basketball stage for autism for children, which can be included in the playbook