What you need to know
- Individuals may be clumsy or have an awkward gait
- Temperature control and/or excessive sweating maybe an issue for the child
- 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.
What you can do
- Exercise is important and should be encouraged, especially those exercises that build muscle mass and motor skills.
- Adaptive physical education may be appropriate
- Coordination may be a problem and make individuals a target for teasing.
- Practice can help.
- Support the child emotionally
- Encourage hydration and allow frequent water breaks
- Provide rest opportunities as appropriate.
- 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.