This section contains resources for KEEN volunteers seeking to further develop their skills in working with KEEN participants. In addition to KEEN's in-person new volunteer orientation, these training resources can equip volunteers to provide a fun and safe experience for their athletes.
Autism is a neuro-developmental condition that affects 1 in 68 children today. The brain of a child with autism is easily overwhelmed with information which may cause symptoms that appear to be misbehavior. Children with this condition take longer to learn and understand how to navigate everyday situations. Each child will vary across abilities and intelligence, which is why autism is a spectrum. This means that the brain of a child with autism developed differently than other brains, which affects the child’s thinking, behaviors and emotions.
Children with autism benefit from exercise for many reasons. Exercise helps improve balance, coordination, strength, motivation, focus, memory, and overall health and happiness. Exercise also reduces stress, excess weight, and negative behaviors.Children with autism learn from watching other people do all sorts of activities, so thank you for being a positive model!!!
One of the symptoms of a child with autism and children with other developmental delays is attentional difficulties. In order to start any activity and be successful with having the child participate with you and be motivated in an activity, you must capture your child’s attention. If you do not get the child’s attention, your message may not be received or comprehended by the child. Here are some simple strategies to help you have a fun time with your child! These strategies are directly from the reference provided.
1. Read your child's profile.
2. Talk to the child’s parent when he/she is being dropped off.
3. Communicate clearly.
4. Be firm.
5. Recognize and celebrate progress.
6. Share ideas with future volunteers.
7. Ask for help if needed.
8. Have fun!
KEEN has developed procedures for handling emergencies. They are intended to prepare volunteers for any unlikely but possible situation. At each KEEN session, the Program Coordiantor will have Emergency Contact Information for each athlete.
These procedures cover injury, seizure and lost child situations.
Remember, before each session, volunteers should:
In the event of an emergency, stay calm.
Cuts, Scrapes and Bruises
Any Uncomfortable or Uncontrollable Situations