Physical Activity, Trips, Events
What you need to know
Exercise and physical education should be encouraged for strength building and obesity prevention. Certain sports may be difficult with vision/hearing limitations.
- Any change in routine may produce anxiety, fears, and/or worry.
- If a child has any sensory, hearing or vision issues, he/she may need preferred seating.
- Crowds or loud noise may produce anxiety
If you live in New England (USA) and qualify, Northeast Passage offers Therapeutic Recreation and Adaptive Sports programming.
What you can do
- 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.
- Encourage use of their communication system to help them process concerns.
- If there is to be a lot of walking, it is important to consider that it will take more time and individuals will be tired.
- Consider cutting down on walking when possible
- Use alternative forms of transportation if necessary
- Offer supports as needed for vision and hearing issues.
- Make sure you have planned for seizures or any other medical conditions if they are present.