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Physical Activity, Trips, Events

What you need to know

Physical Education:

  • Exercise is important and should be encouraged; especially those exercises that build muscle mass and improve motor skills.
  • Consider if adaptive physical education may be appropriate in addition to regular PE.
  • If reflux is a current problem, work with nurse/family to determine if any activities may trigger the reflux
  • Be aware of the seizure protocol if the child has seizures.
  • If you live in New England (USA) and qualify, Northeast Passage offers Therapeutic Recreation and Adaptive Sports programming.

Field Trips:

  • Any change in routine may produce anxiety, fears, and/or worry.
  • Offer anticipatory guidance and preparation to prepare for a change in routine such as a field trip.
  • Create a picture story about the upcoming event. The child can rehearse it alone or with others.
  • If a child has any sensory, hearing or vision issues, he/she may need preferred seating.
  • Crowds or loud noise may produce anxiety
  • Be aware of seizure protocol if the child has seizures.

What you can do

  • Offer anticipatory guidance and preparation to prepare for a change in routine, such as a field trip.
  • Offer supports as needed for vision and hearing issues.
  • Use social stories and pictures to help them understand the change.
  • Encourage use of their communication system to help them process concerns.