Nina Berault PT, DPT and Jessica Yoon PT, DPT
As a nation, we are more sedentary today than ever before. Less than 30% of adolescents meet national physical activity recommendations (CDC). Pre-dating the COVID-19 pandemic, there were several contributors to this change in societal behaviors. Physical education and athletic programs received less funding, and the constant temptation/educational requirements to use electronic devices grew exponentially. These are obstacles to physical activity that typical children face, and may have a more significant impact for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Does your child with ASD resist movement in various forms? Do you have difficulties implementing a routine for exercise? Not to fear! We call you to think about daily activities your child already performs (or helps you perform) as a form of daily exercise! Below are two lists of activities that can be performed daily/weekly with household items.
Sneaky ways to work on strength:
Sneaky ways to work on balance: