Super Soccer Stars’ Shine Program uses soccer as a vehicle to teach life skills to players of all abilities including individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities such as (but not limited to), Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, ADHD and PDD-NOS.
We work with a developmentally-appropriate curriculum designed by licensed educators and therapists that promotes the complete growth of each individual and encourages players to improve at his or her own pace. We use soccer to enhance peer interactions and provide a safe environment for players to increase social potential.
Our Shine Shadows are placed in an inclusion setting working at a 1:1 ratio. The Shine Shadow will provide assistance ranging from engagement of the individual child to facilitation and physical assistance in running, kicking or following class directions. The atmosphere of a typical Super Soccer Stars class supports the integration of children with special and different needs. The goal of the Shine Shadow is to begin with a more hands-on approach and progressively transition into more of an independent process, where the Shine Shadow is used as a general support figure. Ultimately, our aim is to eventually phase out the Shine Shadow altogether if and when appropriate.
At Super Soccer Stars, we realize the importance of inclusion–to play alongside players who can provide model behaviors. These model behaviors will provide a platform for our Shine players to enhance their own techniques and play experiences, which in turn will increase self-esteem and socialization skills vital to their development and ultimate success as soccer players.
Classes focus on simplifying soccer into specific components while teammates work together to build new skills in a fun, non-competitive and educational environment. Each class follows a structured sequence of entertaining and engaging individual and team-based activities.
Coaches use specific tools and techniques including picture schedules, cheers, and repetition to reinforce communication, aid in transition and increase task completion.
SHINE camps are open to the public, ages 6-12 and adhere to children with a variety of diagnoses that include but are not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorders and Down Syndrome to Attention Deficit Disorders.
Through a developmentally appropriate curriculum and nurturing environment, our coaches will be providing Summer camp holiday soccer fun all season long!
Camp days will begin with a general introduction from our qualified and engaging SHINE soccer coaches, followed by a team cheer and a dynamic warm up. Warm up consists of dynamic movements without the soccer ball including but not limited to running, skipping and walking/running backwards. Warm ups last approximately 10-15 minutes and the soccer ball is incorporated into the warm up after 5 minutes.
Following the warm up, there are 2 skill sessions (also called small games) where players and coaches engage in fundamental soccer skill development through fun, skill based games which are focused on a particular skill for each session.
After the skill building and game portions, the camp proceeds into the big game! The big game is SHINE and Super Soccer Stars’ version of a real, 2 sided soccer game, aimed at teaching directionality, teamwork and the basics of the world’s most beautiful game!
Finally, sessions will end with a “final goal”, where all of our players will be presented with an individual opportunity to shine and score their own goal with the whole team cheering them on! Sessions will finish with high fives and a a break.