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New Skills-No Scores!

Research Study

A remote (over Zoom) sport sampling and nutrition education program for teens
with intellectual disabilities (ID) ages 12-16 years

(UMMS IRB Docket: H00017816)

Study Overview

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New Skills-No Scores is a virtual program designed to promote the physical and food literacy of teens with intellectual disabilities (ID) who are between the ages of 12 and 16 years by teaching:

  • basic movement skills that are involved in many sports and exposing them to several sports skills within a fun, structured, and supportive group program.
  • healthy eating, including information about food groups, trying new foods, and preparing healthy snacks.

Physical literacy is the understanding, confidence, physical ability, and motivation to engage in physical activities for life.

Food literacy is the ability to understand basic information about food and nutrition and to be able to use this information to make appropriate healthy food choices.

Who Can Participate?

Teens ages 12-16 years who have an intellectual disability (ID), are in good health, and who are able to:

  • communicate verbally and follow simple verbal/visual instructions
  • walk without assistance
  • participate in a group activity program without requiring 1:1 supervision or assistance
  • complete a short motor skills assessment

What is Involved?

  • New Skills-No Scores is a remote 12-week program that will meet once a week and use “Zoom” technology for group sessions with other teens with ID.
  • Sessions are available every Thursday from 4:00-5:15 p.m. beginning March 31st, 2022
    OR on Saturday from 9:30-10:45 a.m. beginning April 2nd, 2022.
  • To determine your teen’s eligibility, we will administer a brief IQ test over Zoom and ask parents to complete an online survey about their teen’s key life skills.
  • A few weeks before and after the intervention, we will ask you and your teen to complete some questionnaires online, and we will also ask your teen to complete a motor skills assessment.
  • Parents’ participation and assistance will be required for the nutrition education part of the sessions.

How can you learn more about the study?

Check out our flyer here.

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