Soccer and ASL
August 27, 2006 9:33 AM Subscribe
Help me integrate a deaf child into my girls soccer team.
posted by lostinsupermarket to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (13 answers total)
I coach a team of 8 year old girls in rec league soccer. Our team has been together for three years. This year we've been asked to take on a deaf player who has had problems fitting in with other teams (due to communication problems). My team was chosen because as a young person I was fluent in ASL (due to the illness of a sibling). Many years have passed, my skills have rusted considerably. No one else (kids or parents) on our team has any experience with ASL. We have discussed it, and we are all eager to learn and help.
Please offer specific suggestions on how we can give the kids enough communications abilities to play soccer together as a team, and for parents to learn enough ASL to support/welcome our new player.