“Dylan started Soccajoeys Next Step in 2013, learning the basic skills. As his confidence grew, he began doing more advanced ball techniques. His listening and ability to follow instructions has been improving over time. He really enjoys playing with the other kids and especially scoring goals. His social interactions away from Soccajoeys have also benefited as a result of the Next Step Program. All the coaches that worked with Dylan were excellent with kids”
- Alison, Parent to Dylan age 8
“The Soccajoeys Foundation’s Next Step program engaged our son Finley and developed his gross motor skills in a way that therapy hasn’t been able to. Finley’s confidence and self-esteem have had a massive boost thanks to The Soccajoeys Foundation. We would tell any parent interested in the program to go for it!”
- Belinda & Mark, Parents to Finley age 8
"When Esuah was first diagnosed with autism it was a rollercoaster ride for both myself and his mother. We didn't leave any stone unturned about therapy or what to do to help him develop. We found that the Next Step Program was wonderful and another piece to the puzzle. My son started when he was 4, and he progressed really well, not only in his football skills but it permeated into different areas of his life. It improved his listening ability, following instructions, and his gross motor skills. When he transitioned to mainstream local football, he took to it really well and was one of the better players. Next Step was a very rewarding experience, and I would recommend it to others. "
- Nik Gibson, father to Esuah age 9
Adrianna & George
“For Adrianna, who was essentially nonverbal, her gross motor
skills and cognitive skills dramatically improved, especially taking instruction, and it was great for her socially. Because of her developmental delays, it’s taken her a few years to reap the long term benefits but now other Next Step parents comment on
how high functioning she is. For George, his issues were mainly behavioural in that he wouldn’t listen. He showed almost immediate improvement and quickly transitioned to mainstream programs and club programs. The socialisation aspect was the hardest for him and now no one can even tell he’s on the spectrum.”
– Vicki, mother to Adrianna and George, age 10
Christine mother of Zachary
"I feel attending Soccajoeys Foundation every Friday is like going to a family gathering because strangers have become my family. Each week, I not only celebrate Zachary's achievements but each and every other child's as well. Soccajoeys Foundation is a pressure-free environment where our kids can confidently receive the right amount of encouragement from their coaches to reach their goals. Zachary enjoys interacting with his coaches and peers each week and as a parent that makes me extremely happy!"
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