KidsAction Coaching was developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia to help children succeed in their physical activity programs, and to provide families and coaches with more knowledge and tools to help children improve their motor skills through targeted activities and goals. Our aims are to improve the learning, engagement, and health outcomes of children with neurodevelopmental and/or intellectual disabilities (NDID) and their families.
Achieving these aims is especially important for children with NDID, as it allows a child at any skill level to get involved, gain motor abilities, and feel successful. KidsAction Coaching ensures that every child is included, that coaches are properly equipped and trained, and that families have opportunities to be involved. The KidsAction Coaching approach has proven to be adaptable and relevant for a wide variety of children, coaches, and physical activity sites.
KidsAction allows parents, caregivers, and other family members to support the child’s physical activity goals at home. Based on our research, KidsAction is expected to improve children’s self-perception, cognition, executive functions, and mental wellness, as well as increase participation in daily life activities, and enhance social integration for both children and parents/caregivers.