What you need to know
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.