For Coaches of Athletes with ASD, ADHD and ID
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For Coaches of Children with an Intellectual Disability or Down Syndrome
If you are a coach of an athlete with an Intellectual Disability and want to learn more about ID, please take advantage of this information:
Intellectual Disability Overview
For Coaches of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder
Thanks to a generous gift from Shire Pharmaceuticals, Play Like a Champion is able to offer resources for parents and coaches of athletes with exceptionalities.
If you are a coach of an athlete with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder and want to learn more about ADHD, please take advantage of this information:
If you are the coach of an athlete with Autism Spectrum Disorder and want to learn more about ASD, please take advantage of this information:
We also offer adjusted practice plans and meeting templates for coaches of athletes with exceptionalities.
Dr. David Baron has written extensively on athletes with ADHD, including Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps. Student-athletes with exceptionalities can take inspiration from professional athletes who have embraced living with ADHD and learned how to succeed:
Anthony Ianni, the first known NCAA athlete with autism talks about life as an athlete with ASD and coping with bullies here.
Here are a number of additional excellent resources:
"How to Teach Children About Disabilities and Inclusion" Guide published by Baylor University which teaches youth how to accept others' differences and strategies to foster empathy and understanding.
Check out the video Well Played, which illustrates how ADHD can manifest in children with ADHD.
The National Autism Center has many resources for families on their website.
To learn more about how to effectively coach athletes with ADHD, watch this video featuring Dr. Carrie Hastings and Dr. David Baron discussing the effects of ADHD in Athletics
If you would like to learn more about addressing issues of ADHD and substance abuse, please click here to learn more.
Do you coach or parent a young athlete who you suspect has experienced some trauma? Dr. Carrie Hastings, Psy.D. is available to answer your questions through a CONFIDENTIAL email helpline. Email her at email@example.com.
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