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April 2015

Recreational Adaptations

CIMT Recreational Activities
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Many families ask our therapists for recommendations for recreational activities that continue to promote strength, coordination and range of motion gained in our program. Here are some tips and suggestions to help make participation successful:

  • If age appropriate, provide simple picture or written rules of the game/activity for reference
  • Start out doing unfamiliar activities with smaller groups
  • Try independent sports/activities within a group setting, such as swimming or karate
  • Familiarize your child with the environment prior to starting activity
    • Visit the location and observe others doing the activity first
    • Talk to your child about any concerns, fears or questions he or she may have after seeing others do the activity
    • Meet the coach/leader of the activity and discuss any specific needs your child has
  • Identify a peer helper or inclusion companion, if needed
  • Think about or ask your therapist for suggestions for adaptive equipment, if needed (such as a tee for baseball)

 

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