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Thursday, December 7, 2017

4 Sports, 5 Months, Lots of Fun! A Research Opportunity from UMass Boston

Exciting Research Opportunity for Children 6-12 to Begin Building Healthy Habits

Physical Activity Research: A Sport Sampling Program for Kids with an Intellectual Disability

UMass Boston is seeking children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) ages 6-12 years to participate in a new sport sampling program as part of a research study. Sport sampling involves engaging children with IDD in multiple sports and activities (e.g. soccer, basketball) to promote skill development, confidence, and a love of sport/physical activity.  

The program will take place at the Waltham YMCA starting in mid-January and will run for 5 months.  The study is being conducted by Dr. Heidi Stanish from University of Massachusetts Boston.  

To build physical literacy in kids with an intellectual disability. Physical literacy involves developing movement skills, confidence and motivation to help kids be successful at physical activity. Sport sampling gives kids the opportunity to try different sports to find what they like.

  • Kids with an intellectual disability ages 6-12 years
  • Speak and understand English
  • Able to walk
  • Participate in a fun, non-competitive sport sampling program with other kids
  • Trained instructors will lead games and activities
  • Motor skill assessment and short survey(s) two times
  • Brief phone screen and meeting to confirm child’s eligibility
  • Mondays 3:30-4:30 pm (ages 6-8), 4:30-5:30 pm (ages 9-12)
  • 5 months, mid-January thru June 2018
  • Waltham YMCA – 725 Lexington St., Waltham 
There is no cost to participate

For more information, contact Caitlin at sportsampling@gmail.com or call 617-287-7465

This important research is being overseen by Dr. Heidi Stanish, an Associate Professor in UMass Boston's Department of Exercise and Health Sciences. Dr. Stanish’ s research interests include examining physical activity participation among children and adults with disabilities (specifically intellectual disabilities) and developing strategies to promote physical activity in this segment of the population. Dr. Stanish is particularly focused on testing sustainable, community-based physical activity interventions designed to meet the needs of individuals with physical, intellectual, and sensory impairments.  

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