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New Guidlines to help Children with Disabilities Get Active

Good News! New Government Guidelines to Help Children with Disabilities Get Active


If you’re the parent of a child with disabilities, you probably know how hard it can be to get your child active and participating in sports like other kids do. However, in the new Government guidelines it has been reccomended for them to do activities for around 120-180 minutes per week. Physical activity not only helps children with disabilities gain muscle tone and strength, but it can also encourage movement of the joints, improve coordination and mobility, and help with speech and language development. In addition, regular moderate exercise will also improve mood and could help you child create new social skills if they become involved in a team sport or join a class or cohort.

  • "Undertake 120 to 180 minutes of aerobic physical activity per week at a moderate-to-vigorous intensity – this can be achieved in different ways (for example, 20 minutes per day or 40 minutes 3 times per week) through activities such as walking or cycling

  • Complete challenging, but manageable, strength and balance activities 3 times per week which are particularly beneficial for muscle strength and motor skills – for example, indoor wall climbing, yoga, and modified sports such as basketball or football

  • When first starting to exercise, build up slowly to avoid injury break down their exercise into bite-size chunks of physical activity throughout the day to make it more manageable."


The UK CMOs, Professor Sir Chris Whitty, Professor Sir Michael McBride, Professor Sir Gregor Smith and Sir Frank Atherton, said: "We are delighted to present this report and infographic which are an important step forward in addressing the gap in physical activity guidelines for disabled children and disabled young people. We encourage schools, parents, carers and healthcare professionals to communicate and promote these guidelines across their wider professional networks to enable appropriate physical activity opportunities for disabled children and disabled young people in their communities."


Resources and tips

You can read the full press on the Government website release here Early Years Alliance have also written an article about it which you can read here You can also check out our blog on how to choose and activity for your child here We hope that you find our post on guidelines to support disabled children helpful.


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