Play Beyond Expectations


From passive and disinterested to participation and accomplishment!

(a mother’s perspective)

While it is difficult to distinguish the benefits Matthew has obtained from the PBE program as opposed to the results of the entire Individualized Funding program, I believe that certain aspects of his progress can be directly attributed to PBE:

There has, of course, been a significant development of physical skills required for the sports of basketball, floor hockey and pickle ball.  He has learned the basic physical skills involved in holding and handling of a basketball, a hockey stick and a pickle ball racquet.  He understands the purpose of the game… ie. to score a goal, to make a basket, to get the whiffle ball over the net.  He has learned to enjoy the triumph of achieving these goals.  We have seen unexpected improvements in his eye-hand coordination, balance and reaction time that has extended beyond the gym-time into his daily activities. There has been an increase in his ability to plan and carry out more complicated series of actions to achieve his goals.

There have been the benefits of the socialization component of the program, the development of patience with other members of the group, the pleasure of being a positive example to newer members, and the concept of being part of a group.  The group environment naturally stimulates increased communication and interaction.   He enjoys the sense of being part of a team, learning to pass to another player, and the value of praise from his team-mates and the volunteers.  The program provides the opportunity to even have fun sometimes… a rare thing in his life.

I believe these things have contributed to a change in his self-image  from one of passive and disinterested observer to one of greater ability and participation and accomplishment. 

Juliana Gibson

M's mother is thrilled that her son was able to participate in Play Beyond Expectations.
She said, "It provides a unique opportunity to learn the skills in a safe and intelligently structured program tailored to each individual's ability and interest."

Since J started coming to Play Beyond Expectations, his flexibility and reflexes improved. He is also better at shooting, and passing a hockey ball or basketball.  
“I am having more fun,” said J.  As we affirm his progress he continually feels better about his abilities.   J isn’t the only one seeing benefits from coming to Play Beyond Expectations.

When M started coming he was afraid of the ball and had no idea how to catch it. “He was afraid to go in the room, had no concept of games, or how to hold a stick, or shoot a ball. 
We started at ground zero.” Now, his understanding of sports has improved as has his abilities to play.