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Involving your child in physical activities can help them
in many ways, including maintaining their muscle strength and making
them feel better about themselves.
Unstructured physical activity includes general mobility and
play and can happen at home, in the backyard, at school or at the
playground. Your child may need equipment (such as a supportive
walker) that allows them to stand with their hands free, or a
modified bicycle so they can make the most of playtime.
Research has shown that reducing the amount of time your child
spends watching television or using a computer will increase the
amount of unstructured physical activity they will do.
Many organisations provide a chance for a child with a physical disability to be involved in both individual and
team physical activities. Many of these organisations have leaders
who are specifically trained in this area, or who are happy to work
with your child's physiotherapist to include your child.
Developed by the Royal Children's
Hospital (RCH) Paediatric Rehabilitation Service. First published
in April 2007. Updated November 2010.
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