Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Sports Academy (SFQ), has launched a sports program for kids with special needs titled, “Adapted Physical Activities” at Spectra school in Al Duhail area. This program is for children from ages 5 to 11 years and is dedicated to kids suffering with Autism and Down syndrome, ADHD and general learning disability.
The recently introduced activities are based on not only teaching kids physical activities like swimming and diverse ball games, but also includes learning activities such as Lego, Arts & Crafts and Phonics for 3 hours every day, twice a week during evening time.
On this occasion Islam El Rayes, General Manager at SFQ said, “Sports activities are generally an important and integral part in the daily lives of people with special needs due to the enormous benefits that touch all their aspects, be it physical, social, psychological or mental and sports in general has a direct positive impact on their health.” “People with special needs have enormous capabilities but needs special rehabilitation and care and this is why we launched a tailor made program with lot of activities dedicated for them. We strongly believe that positive results can be achieved by providing these kids with the right environment in an educational and sporting atmosphere with qualified trainers” he added.
The APA program includes a lot of benefits such as enabling kids develop muscle strength, coordination and flexibility, improvement in behavior, academics, self-confidence, building friendships, positive changes in their health, quality of life and boost their self-esteem, increase in attention span, on-task behavior and level of correct responding. Most importantly the APA program decreases secondary health complications like obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.
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