About the program
No Limits is a non-competitive soccer team designed specifically for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder ages 3-12. It is offered by Autism Connections Fredericton, an organization that serves the greater Fredericton region and is dedicated to providing services to persons with ASD, their families, and their communities.
Our volunteer team is made up of a coach, group leaders, and other volunteers. No Limits is a non-competitive group so we do not play games against other teams. Our team operates in a skills and drills fashion. Children practice and perfect their soccer skills (such as coordination, gross motor, listening, following directions, sharing, etc.) through a series of activities divided into stations. The volunteers at each station work with the children and their families to modify the activities to ensure that each child is successful. We do have scrimmages with the children who are interested, keeping a focus on communication and sharing the ball instead of score.
Each practise begins with the reading of a social story. This helps the children know what is expected of them as well as what they themselves can expect. No Limits uses a poster schedule with removable photos and words which provides comfort to those who are dependent on routine. We use timers which helps the children to know when to move on. We ask for a list of interests on the registration form and incorporate as many as we can into the practices to help keep them focused and engaged. Something else that sets us apart from your typical soccer team is that we encourage parents to help their child on the field. We know that no one knows your child better than you and often the presence of a parent on the field is the difference between a successful soccer season and a more challenging one. Of course, if you are confident in your child’s abilities and would prefer to sit back and watch, you are free to do that too!
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