Physical activity for children with disabilities

As many of us will have heard in the news, problems such as obesity are becoming more and more common among the masses. This is a problem that no less affects children with disabilities, and it is more important than ever to make sure they are getting the regular exercise they need to keep their body in shape. Exercise for children can have great benefits to them; these include the lessened chances of them developing diabetes or high blood pressure. What's more, physical activity for disabled children can improve their motor control and lessen symptoms such as depression.

What exercise is suitable for a disabled child?

Dance

With the increased number of television shows related to dance and music, there has never been a better time to get your child involved in the physically demanding art of dance. What's more, there are so many variations of dance that you are sure to find one that your child enjoys. This is an excellent method of exercise to improve physical fitness and wellbeing, as well as being a great way to meet new people and boost self-confidence. There are likely to be local initiatives in your area that cater for this, but by merely having an open space and some good tunes, your little ones can have a great time.

Catch

It may seem like a simple idea but we all know how much fun it can be. Not only that, but it can also work up a sweat and improve your child's motor skills. Simply playing in the garden with some brightly coloured, soft balls, your child and you, and a group of friends, can have a great time. This will also help to improve your child's hand-eye coordination; simple yet effective.

Volleyball

The netting used in disabled volleyball needs to be suitable for those who are participating, and it is best to choose balls that are soft and brightly coloured. This is a great way to get children outside and is also a great team sport to play. This is a real opportunity for you and your child to meet new people, make new friends and improve physical fitness.

Football

Children love sports more than anyone else and there is little doubt that football is high in their rankings. Don't make the pitch too big and use big enough nets; also, it is best to use balls that are brightly coloured and soft enough so no one will get hurt. This is another great team sport for disabled children to get involved in.