It is known that physical activities are an essential part of having a satisfactory quality of life. Activities encourage forming social interactions, enhance self-worth, and strengthen biological functions. This is especially true for children with special needs. Even further, according to the U.S Department of Health & Human Services, the benefits of physical activities for persons with disabilities are immeasurable: ranging from improving psychological issues such as anxiety and depression, improving joint pain and swelling discomforts, and decreasing the chance of getting colon cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure (Persons with Disabilities).
Nonetheless, there are some barriers to engaging in physical activities. According to a scholarly study, factors include ” child’s lack of interest (43%), lack of developmentally appropriate programs (33%), too many behavioral problems (32%), and parents’ lack of time (29%)”(Yazdani et al., 2013). However, the study concluded that it all boils down to the parental physical activity and lifestyle, which reflects on how much their child would contribute in physical activities regardless of the barriers (Yazdani et al., 2013).
Activities that includes both the parent and the child are ideal. The child would have the emotional support they need and a role model to follow. Ultimately resulting in a healthy and happy life.
Persons with Disabilities | Surgeon General Report | CDC. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/sgr/disab.htm
Yazdani, S., Yee, C. T., & Chung, P. J. (2013). Factors predicting physical activity among children with special needs. Preventing Chronic Disease, 10E119.