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Physical Activity, Trips, Events

What you need to know

Physical Education:

  • It is important for individuals with LSD to have an opportunity for physical activity to optimize physical and mental health.
  • Certain LSD syndromes will have very specific recommendations regarding physical exercise and restrictions.
    • Exercise is important and should be encouraged, especially those exercises that build muscle mass and motor skills.
    • Individuals may be able to exercise but not participate in contact sports.
    • Adapted PE programs
      • Downsize equipment (i.e. smaller bat)
      • Have a designated runner
      • If activity can’t be modified to be safe, have child be a scorekeeper, umpire etc.
  • Occupational therapy may help with accommodations and modifications
  • Some individuals may need additional time to get to class
  • Limit extra movement between classes

Field Trips:

  • If there is to be a lot of walking on the field trip it is important to be aware that it may take the child more time and they may be tired.
    • Consider cutting down on walking when possible.
    • Use alternative forms of transportation.

What you can do

Physical Education:

  • Encourage academic and artistic activities
  • Allow child to help with coaching or team management if there are restrictions.
  • Consider 504 Plan for physical activity modifications if appropriate
  • Instruct in self-monitoring technique.
  • Provide opportunities for practice using self-monitoring strategies
  • Instruct in relaxation techniques, safety, and breathing
  • Consider any seizure plans, cardiac support (AED device or CPR) that might be needed.

Field Trips:

  • Assistive devices are available to improve accessibility and independence in homes, school, and community.
  • Take any seizure meds and seizure protocol on the trip.
  • Consider if an AED or CPR trained individuals will need to be on the trip.