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This resource uses a Teaching Games for Understanding approach to work students through tactical gameplay problems, think through options and skills, and learn how to apply this learning to broader gameplay situations. The series explores archery, badminton, canoe-kayak, cycling, ringette, softball, squash, soccer and team handball. Targeted to educators working with children and youth approximately 8-14 years of age (grades 4-9), the goal of the series is to increase student knowledge, confidence, and competence to become further engaged in physical activity and/or sport. A Special Edition...
This year’s Partnership Report celebrates the growing and successful partnerships that RBC has developed with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and peoples across the country. including an after school program targeting Elsipogtog First Nation’s peoples at Eleanor W. Graham Middle School. It also looks at economic issues, employment, education and training, and supplier opportunities.
With the loss of sight and hearing, an individual's sensory input and experiences are reduced and overall development may be delayed. As a result, limits or predetermined expectations are sometimes placed on individuals who are deaf-blind by parents, professionals, agencies, and people who are deaf-blind themselves. This is equally true regarding recreational activities. Creative adaptations can alter recreation activities and programs so they will meet unique needs and provide fun and healthy exercise for all who participate. The purpose of this article is to encourage parents, teachers,...
This article is for parents and teachers with children with visual impairments or blindness on how to select playthings, adapt them when necessary, create play space, encourage play, and provide appropriate structure and support. It looks at: Toy selection Adapted and switch-operated toys Learning through play Creating play spaces Active learning
Children develop most of the visual skills necessary for play, future recreation and athletics before the age of four. Many visually impaired children do not develop these skills adequately. The special education classroom the physical education class, the recreation facility and the home can all be a source of opportunities to develop these skills through a variety of play activities that are fun.  Activities should be adjusted so every child experiences success. The activities presented here focus on tracking, scanning, visual motor integration, visual discrimination and eye-mind...
Deaf blind children can be taught to enjoy dance and movement. They do, however, require long and careful preparation to reach this point. We should not underestimate the enormous challenges facing a person with a dual sensory impairment and those supporting them.  
This article outlines specific accommodations that can be made for different sports so that children with hearing loss can participate. 
Craft activities are fun for everyone, but for children on the autism spectrum, the opportunity to explore color, shape, and sensory experiences can stimulate attention, foster calm, and create loads of fun! Here are 10 activities that teachers and parents love to do with their special needs children.
Not all children with ADHD have hyperactivity, but for those that do, sitting still is an almost impossible feat. But for children with hyperactivity, physical activity is not the only aspect. Their minds often don’t shut down. To help a child learn to manage or reduce hyperactivity includes strategies to help lower physical activity levels and to calm thoughts.  The 10 ideas presented in this article can help reduce hyperactivity in children with ADHD.
Children who suffer from ADHD often have additional problems in sensory processing. It is important for these children to try and continue a certain activity for a longer period of time. This has more chance of succeeding if the activity does not only include movement, but something to feel as well: adding some tactile stimulus helps them to remain focused and makes the activity more pleasant for them to carry out. Enjoying the activity is very important. This page lists many different activities and games for children with ADHD. 
How children with ADHD spend their free time can help improve attention and reduce ADHD symptoms. The best after-school activities for children with ADHD are activities that:  They enjoy or have an interest in Have a ratio of one adult to (at most) five children Are well-supervised Have a physical activity or outdoor component This article looks at some of the more common options for kids with ADHD as well as at outdoor activities.  
 Research suggests that being outside in natural environments reduces the severity of ADHD symptoms in kids. This article lists some good outdoor activities for children with ADHD.
After-school and weekend activities and sports especially good for kids with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD or ADD.  
The documents on this site describes the special need and provide tips for teachers/childcare providers on how to include children the special need in activities. 
Because Cerebral Palsy effects movement, adaptations are needed in physical education classes in order to ensure enjoyment and success for a child with CP.  When putting adaptations into place, the following three areas, adapted and controlled by the teacher/caretaker need to be considered: 1. Planning 2. Equipment, and 3. Environment This article provides ideas on various adaptations that a teacher can consider, such as in game design, difficulty level, equipment, etc., as well as for specific sports.
This sheet explains Cerebral Palsy, and provides tips and strategies for the teacher/caretaker in caring for a child with Cerebral Palsy, as well as recreational activity ideas. 
For Canadians with a disability, regular physical activity may be even more important than it is for the rest of the population. For a person with a disability, an active lifestyle can open doors to increased health, social inclusion and self empowerment - doors which might otherwise remain closed. Access to physical activity can eliminate the likelihood of acquiring secondary health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease. Being active builds resiliency and can provide an all-important outlet for a person with a disability. These downloadable tip sheets are designed...
Malkaw, Somaya H. (2009). Abstract of dissertation. University of Kentucky. The aim of this study was to describe the overall play participation of children with cerebral palsy (CP) aged 9-13 years by measuring what activities they participate in using the Preteen Play Profile (Henry, 2000); and to explore variations in participation in different play categories based on each child’s manual ability, gross motor function, CP distribution, age and gender. The results of this study pointed to the need for integration of more outdoor, sports, and social play into the daily routines and...
It is very important that children with Cerebral Palsy are encouraged to participate in regular physiotherapy, exercises, games and outdoor activities. Apart from improving physical skills, the fun factor can also provide mental benefits and stress relief. Check out this list of some indoor and outdoor activities that would be helpful for your child. Also check out Teaching Children with Cerebral Palsy on this site.
Finding activities and games that your Asperger's child enjoys can be a challenge. Children with Asperger's syndrome often struggle with poor social skills and may have narrow interests. By seeking out activities that play to your child's strengths, you will discover that you can build his confidence, help him to develop social skills, and perhaps encourage new interests and abilities along the way. This article looks at ways to help develop the skills of kids with Asperger's.