What you need to know
- Exercise is important and should be encouraged; especially those exercises that build muscle mass and improve motor skills.
- Consider if adaptive physical education may be appropriate in addition to regular PE.
- If reflux is a current problem, work with nurse/family to determine if any activities may trigger the reflux
- Be aware of the seizure protocol if the child has seizures.
- If you live in New England (USA) and qualify, Northeast Passage offers Therapeutic Recreation and Adaptive Sports programming.
- Any change in routine may produce anxiety, fears, and/or worry.
- 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.
- If a child has any sensory, hearing or vision issues, he/she may need preferred seating.
- Crowds or loud noise may produce anxiety
- Be aware of seizure protocol if the child has seizures.
What you can do
- Offer anticipatory guidance and preparation to prepare for a change in routine, such as a field trip.
- Offer supports as needed for vision and hearing issues.
- Use social stories and pictures to help them understand the change.
- Encourage use of their communication system to help them process concerns.