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Sports and recreation for children and youth with developmental disabilities

APA Citation:

Kuhl, M. W., Sherman, M. D., Majerley, A., Westerhof, L., Cheatom, O., Hawkey, K. R., & Borden, L. M. (2014). Sports and recreation for children and youth with developmental disabilities. Report submitted to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Abstract Created by REACH:

Participation in inclusive sports and recreation programming is a promising approach for improving outcomes for youth with developmental disabilities. This review overviews common barriers faced by participants and their families, and identifies thirteen key components of successful inclusive sports and recreation programs. Best practices for adapting the physical and institutional environment as well as instructional styles and program activities to meet the needs of youth with developmental disabilities are described.



Branch of Service:

Air Force
Marine Corps
Multiple branches

Military Affiliation:

Active Duty

Subject Affiliation:

Child of a service member or veteran


Preschool age (2 -5 yrs)
School age (6 - 12 yrs)
Adolescence (13 - 17 yrs)


Review of Literature


Borden, Lynne M., Cheatom, Octavia, Hawkey, Kyle R., Kuhl, Michelle Wittcoff, Majerle, Amy, Sherman, Michelle D., Westerhof, Lara

Publisher/Sponsoring Organization:

The Military REACH Team

Publication Type:

REACH Publication

Author Affiliation:

Department of Family Social Science, The University of Minnesota, LMB


The University of Minnesota

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REACH Publication Type:

Research Report


Developed in collaboration with the Department of Defense's Office of Family Policy, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture under Award No. 2009-48667-05833.

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