Every kid should get the opportunity to feel like a kid. That can mean taking a break from feeling responsible for siblings. It can also involve participating in activities with kids their own age. Sometimes just the chance to build a fort, jump in a puddle or eat whip cream straight out of the can helps kids beyond their years to remember their own age. Differently abled children are no exception. With a little creativity, accommodations can be made for helping differently abled kids feel like kids.
Backyard Camping for Kids with Disabilities
Backyard camping gives parents complete control over the accessibility of their “camp site.” For children with autism spectrum disorder or sensory issues, try to be aware of elements that could trigger sensory meltdown, such as uncomfortable temperatures, or noises or lighting that
are unfamiliar to them. There are plenty of equipment options that can help to accommodate these issues. Check out HomeAdvisor.com’s article on backyard camping for more ideas.
Wheelchair Gardening Tips
The easiest way to make a garden wheelchair-friendly is to use raised beds. Check out this article form learn.eartheasy.com for more thoughts on making your garden more accessible.
How to Adapt Soccer for Disability Inclusion
This resource from coachart.com is great for helping coaches accommodate a myriad of conditions, including Asthma and visual impairment, in soccer.
Physical Disabilities Camps
There are many great camps out there designed specifically for kids with physical disabilities! Check out this link to find one near you:
Helping kids with different abilities experience those quintessential childhood moments is well worth the creative effort that is sometimes required. Parents of kids with physical handicaps may feel uncomfortable asking for help or modifications, but the important thing to remember is that we are all better off when we learn to be more aware of the needs of others. If you would like to discuss more ways for helping differently abled kids feel like kids, please contact me.