Wednesday, 17 June 2015 05:06

Giving Children a fighting chance against bullies and self-esteem

There’s some kids who, because of their disability, have been bullied at school and had very low self-esteem, were socially isolated, didn’t really know how to join a club and interact.

Some of these kids, who were really shy and withdrawn, they learn confidence, they learn to speak to and trust people and they learn also to have fun with what they’re doing.

Our club, based at the Elizabeth RSL on Midway Rd, caters for children as young as five with various physical and intellectual disabilities, including autism.

The key to the club’s success was playing to its members’ strengths. We focus on their abilities, not their disabilities.

We work on what they can do, not what they can’t. Obviously physical disabilities mean they can’t do certain things so we work around it. If someone can’t walk, obviously they can’t do throws so we concentrate on ground work, with the odd few throws that they probably can do from the ground, and we just modify it to suit the individual person.