MATP Coaches Training Feb 2019

DATE: February 15, 2019

AREA: Area 21 - Laredo

Start Time: 9:00 a.m.

End Time: 2:00 p.m.

This course offers training for working with athletes with the most severe limitations, focusing on activity stations which enhance motor skills, sports skills and physical fitness.  This training is 4 hours in length then has an onsite training if needed which will last 2 hours. 

The MATP has been designed to comply with the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) requirements of public law 101-476. Each of the activities has been task-analyzed by physical educators, physical therapists and recreational specialists who successfully teach individuals with severe disabilities.

In school settings, this program can help physical education teachers integrate students with severe disabilities into regular physical education classes in activities including warm-ups, conditioning, gymnastics and athletics.

Instructors are encouraged to integrate students into sports through the use of partial participation and game modifications. Coaches must complete the certification process to begin training. Training programs are conducted at state schools and other facilities throughout Texas with much success. This program may be adapted to allow all eligible athletes the opportunity to participate.

The MATP will introduce athletes with severe disabilities to age-appropriate and functionally- appropriate motor and sport activities. These activities include:

  • Mobility – leading to gymnastics
  • Dexterity – leading to athletics
  • Striking – leading to softball
  • Kicking – leading to soccer
  • Manual wheelchair – leading to athletics
  • Aquatics – leading to swimming

Also included in the Motor Activities Training Guide (available from the area office) are a number of sections relating to handling and positioning, sensory awareness, group games, behavior modification and a model training plan. 

If you would like to host this type of training within your school district or school please contact the Special Olympics Staff at the Area office listed below.




Laredo,  TX 


Maribel Santoya-Maciel