Football is not only a sport to have enjoyable and launch endorphins. For youngsters with neurological issues, it is additionally an efficient software for: enhance their motor expertise and their cognitive and social development.
With this premise, the Foundation need and the Atlético de Madrid Foundation established in 2018 the undertaking ‘Therapeutic soccer’. From the area of bodily schooling of the particular schooling heart ‘El Cole de Celia y Pepe’, specializing in language issues, a number of professionals have developed a working methodology from which they’ve already benefited over 150 minors with particular wants.
To carry bodily exercise nearer to those youngsters, one of the hottest sports activities has been chosen. “Especially football motivates them because they are constantly bombarded with information about this sport, which is so widespread. Furthermore it is easier to practice because you don’t need a lot of resources to put it into practice,” says Daniel Barrosobodily schooling trainer at ‘El Cole de Celia y Pepe’, specializing in instructing individuals with disabilities.
The affect of sport on cognitive development
The professionals of ‘El Cole de Celia y Pepe’ use a working methodology tailored to every scholar -with numerous issues, associated to language problems-, primarily based on tips akin to “very pronounced spatial marking, simple speeches adapted to your vocabularysimple guidelines and guidelines, visual examples and motivational activities,” explains Barroso.
In this manner they enhance the development of their primary motor expertise, motor coordination, steadiness, orientation or postural management. Essential instruments to beat the obstacles you face on daily basis.
In addition, this modern undertaking exhibits soccer with an vital added worth: it will also be an efficient means to enhance cognitive expertise akin to: language, focus, consideration or decode sound.
“Children with general neurological disorders, which in most cases are associated with language changes, have Difficulty understanding commands, bad language, intermittent attention, Difficulty preparing answers, starting to talk…” explains Carolina Ruíz, schooling coach and trainer at ‘El Cole de Celia y Pepe’.
To enhance these deficiencies on a cognitive degree, bodily exercise turns into the cornerstone. Ruíz offers as a visible instance the pyramid of human development, designed by psychomotricists Alfonso Lázaro and Pedro Pablo Berruezo: “Motor development, together with the preceding sensory development, forms the basis for a child’s comprehensive development. Cognitive development is at the top, so we have to work in all areas, including the pedagogical part, always taking into account the motor level.”
Socializing and emotional part
The ball it is a essential socializing component for youngsters who generally discover it troublesome to work together with different individuals as a result of it promotes interplay and communication between them, even when it is not verbal.
Also on an emotional degree, soccer helps them to study handle the mistake, tolerate the frustration and enhance their behaviour. Sport is additionally a robust software for develop attachment. “Our students are very sensitive, have low emotional regulation and that affects everything they do. They need to see the adult as a reference, as an attachment figure so that there is guidance, they feel safe and want to improve themselves,” says the trainer.
Some of these youngsters have very severe socialization issues
To promote optimistic self-image and good vanity in the scholar, Ruíz explains, it is vital to design actions that promote group id: “I am not alone, I am in an environment.”
“These children find it very difficult to understand the context and there are those who, because of their difficulties, very serious socialization problems. So if they spontaneously don’t know how to involve themselves, we have to find a way to generate activities that encompass all styles: individually, in pairs, in small and large groups … within the possibilities and level of each”, he provides.
Training for professionals primarily based on expertise
However, to ensure that these youngsters to take most benefit of the observe of this sport, it is essential to adapt their schooling to the particular wants of every of them. Professionals who observe therapeutic soccer should even have: satisfactory coaching and sources as a result of their lack of competence can hinder the admission of these minors.
To this finish, the Querer and Atlético de Madrid foundations determined a 12 months in the past to go one step additional and ‘Therapeutic soccer course’, in collaboration with the Community of Madrid and the International University of La Rioja (UNIR), aimed toward professionals in the area of schooling and well being who wish to wager on their future and their information in innovation in the area of train and well being wish to strengthen. The second version will begin in October, though it is nonetheless Open subscription period.
It’s a really private means of bringing environments we’re not used to coping with
At the head of this coaching, a pioneer in our nation, are professionals from totally different disciplines who work collectively instructional and scientific: tailored bodily schooling academics, occupational therapists, speech therapists or neuropsychologists from ‘El Cole de Celia y Pepe’ and sports activities coaches and medical staff from Atlético de Madrid.
This heterogeneous staff of professionals, with a standard objective of selling the integration of these youngsters into society, gives totally different views a sensible view of soccer. Most blocks simulate actions in an actual work atmosphere and sensible classes are given in the particular schooling heart.
“We’re talking about experience, about cases, about how we work, it’s not what’s in the book, it’s what we do every day,” says Ruíz. “It’s a really private means of bringing environments that we’re not used to coping with, advised by individuals who dwell that actuality, who relay their sensations to you, perceive your fears, offer you instruments to deal with your wants and concepts to create actions that encourage you. It is an instrument that provides you extra instruments to place it into observe as a trainer”, concludes Barroso.