Like all children, those with disabilities need to be as active as possible.
But children with disabilities are less likely to be physically active than other children. An inactive lifestyle for these children can lead to other problems, including:
Studies of children with various disabling diseases and conditions show that being active on a routine basis gives these children:
No matter what your child's limitations are, you can find ways to help him or her be as active as possible.
It is important for children with disabilities to be active and to get involved in sports or recreation programs if they are able.
If your child is not physically active, it's important to look at the things, or barriers, that are getting in the way. Barriers may include one or more of the following:
Think about the barriers that are keeping your child from being more active. Look for solutions. Talk to your child's doctor to find out what your child can safely do.
Some children with disabilities just may not have the desire to be physically active. If that's the case for your child, try these tips:
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July 20, 2011
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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