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Active for Life

AUGUST 2018

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Are you looking for ideas and insights into delivering physical literacy programming for kids? Welcome to the first edition of AfL Pro! 
 
Every six months, AfL Pro will bring you a fresh selection of articles and links addressing the latest research, best programming practices, and innovative tools for physical literacy program design and delivery.  
 
Whether you work in sport, education, recreation, or health, you understand that kids need physical literacy to adopt an active lifestyle. AfL Pro is here to help you make your programs the best they can be. 

Why teaching kids how to move has become essential

Kids are born with the potential to move but not the skills to do so. It seems counterintuitive, but they need to learn movement. Here are five things to consider that can help kids to develop movement skills and instil in them a love of physical activity.

How to engage children with autism in active play

For parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), it can be difficult to find opportunities to develop physical literacy. Active play, recreation, and outdoor adventures sometimes take a back seat to working on basic communication or behavioural goals. We’ve got strategies to help kids with ASD become more active.

Active play experiences help young children develop physical literacy 

Young children learn by doing and active play is the key. Both structured and unstructured activities play important roles in their active play experience. However, the meaning of “structured” differs depending on the age of the child.

Featured resource

“Play more sports” website

When kids specialize early in one sport they miss out on important movement skills and many get injured, burnout, or quit. That’s why top athletes and sports experts are saying the same thing: Let kids play as many sports as possible. This website features a video featuring prominent Canadian elite athletes who grew up playing multiple sports, as well as essential links for educating parents and coaches on the multi-sport advantage.

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Tool kits

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