SPORTS SESSIONS IMPROVING WELLBEING
Regular multi-sports help develop motor skills, coping strategies and friendships
Sports club are a great way for children with learning disabilities to develop their confidence and life skills whilst improving their physical fitness and strength. We are helping to providing multi-sports afterschool clubs for pupils at SEN schools across London, pupils like Lucas.
“Lucas is happier in school and now tolerates a full day. As Lucas is an active child, he really benefits from these sessions. Lucas is now swimming with arm bands, which is amazing as at the start of the year he wouldn’t go to the pool area without going into crisis. Once Lucas has had PE, swimming or after school club, he is calmer and happier, and is ready for the next part of his day.” Lucas’s class teacher shared how the sessions have greatly benefitted Lucas.
Lucas, who is a non-verbal pupil with severe learning difficulties, participates in Greenhouse Sports SEN programmes. He found it difficult entering new environments, trying new activities or interacting with the different adults in the school.
His coach Carly spent a lot of time during lunch and play times getting to know Lucas and building a relationship with him. Once she had earned his trust, she was able to help him acclimatise to different spaces, including the hydrotherapy pool, which could be particularly upsetting for Lucas. Carly encouraged Lucas to be calm around the pool, and eventually to take part in hydrotherapy.
Through rebound therapy, Carly helped Lucas develop his gross motor skills, such as jumping and rolling. This was also a great sensory processing activity for Lucas, and something he could use as a coping strategy during stressful situations. Lucas is now able to move around the school with less difficulties. He shows he is happy by smiling and laughing and will now play games or use equipment alongside a peer.
LMFC funded teaching assistants, specialist trainers and sports kit for afterschool sports clubs at SEN school through a grant of £5,000 to Greenhouse Sports.