Physical Activity, Trips, Events

What you need to know

Physical activity

Exercise and physical education should be encouraged for strength building and obesity prevention.  Certain sports may be difficult with vision/hearing limitations.

Field trips

  • 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.